Baseball Splits With Princeton on Sunday
March 25, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team split a doubleheader with Princeton on Sunday at Max Bishop Stadium as the Mids responded form an extra-inning loss in the first contest and won game two, 7-5. Navy is now 10-12 on the season, while Princeton is 6-9.
"We executed our offense well and we were solid in game two," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Johnny Schoberl went out there and gave us a quality start, and of course Alex and Greg got us going offensively. It was a good win against a very solid Princeton team."
Consecutive singles by Azor and Andrew Hahn in the bottom of the first inning set the table for Dupell to drive in the first runs of the game. Dupell delivered a single to center field that easily plated both runners for a 2-0 Navy lead.
An RBI groundout by Azor in the second and an RBI triple by Chance Jones in the third gave the Mids a 4-0 advantage after three innings of play.
"The early lead was so important, especially after battling back but losing the first game," said Kostacopoulos. "We came back out and showed some character in taking the second game."
A two-RBI double by Steve Harrington put the Tigers on the board in the top of the fourth, but the Midshipmen countered with three more runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Azor and Dupell both picked up RBI singles in the inning as Navy extended its lead to 7-2.
Schoberl, who allowed just four hits through five innings, got into trouble in the top of the sixth after a single and two walks loaded the bases. Alec Keller followed with hit a two-out, two-RBI single that bounced through the right side to make it a 7-4 game. Stephen Moore then replaced Schoberl to get the final out of the inning.
Mike Ford followed a leadoff triple by Sam Mulroy with a sacrifice fly to pull the tigers to within two runs at 7-5 in the top of the seventh inning. But the Tigers didn't get any closer as the Mids got out of the seventh inning without any further damage and Moore allowed just one hit the rest of the way and picked up his first-career save.
"Stephen is very calm and poised out there," said Kostacopoulos. "Against a good-hitting team, he didn't allow them to get their wheels going and did a good job of pitching to contact."
Schoberl improved to 3-1 with the win as he allowed four runs off six hits and struck out five batters.
Matt Bowman, who lasted just four innings, took the loss as he surrendered all seven runs off 12 hits.
Princeton broke open a scoreless game one in the top of the third inning with RBI singles by Mulroy and Ford.
The Tigers left a total of five runners on base through three innings and had the opportunity to add to their advantage with a pair of two-out singles in the fourth, but Gainey got John Mishu swinging at strike three to end the threat.
Gainey gave up just two more hits before being replaced by Joel Rinehart with one out in the seventh and finished with seven strikeouts.
"Preston was able to give our bullpen a rest today," said Kostacopoulos. "We really hung in there in game one because Preston kept giving us chances. He threw very well today"
Princeton's Zak Hermans yielded just two hits before the Midshipmen put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, 2-2. With Hahn on second base via a leadoff walk and stolen base, Kash Manzelli belted a double to left field to bring in Navy's first run. Jones then tied the game with another RBI double in the next at-bat.
With neither team able to able to break the deadlock in the seventh, the game went to an extra frame. Rinehart retired the first two hitters in the top of the eighth and it looked like the game would stay tied heading to the bottom of the inning. But things turned fast as an infield single, fielder's choice and Navy error loaded the bases for the Tigers and Mulroy delivered a two-RBI single to give Princeton the lead, 4-2.
Princeton reliever Michael Fagan retired the side in the bottom of the eighth to earn the win. Rinehart took the loss and is now 4-2 on the year.
Navy will take the short trip to Bethesda on Wednesday where it will meet Georgetown at 4 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field.
- Greg Dupell's four hits in game two tied a career high ... Dupell's last four-hit game came Feb. 27, 2011 vs. Air Force.
- With seven strikeouts, Preston Gainey was one K shy of his career high, set earlier this season at North Carolina A&T.
- Joel Rinehart had three punchouts on Sunday and has now recorded at least three Ks in five of his eight appearances this season.