March 27, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
With a 9-4 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday at Max Bishop Stadium, the Navy baseball team picked up its sixth victory in its last seven games to improve to 12-12 on the season. Brandon Beans had three hits (3-for-5), while Dave Milanes (2-for-5) and Greg Dupell (2-for-4) both had a pair as the Mids finished their season-long, six-game home stand at 5-1.
"I thought today we played all facets of the game pretty well," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We played solid defense, ran the bases well, had 10 hits and our pitchers were all fairly consistent. Overall it was a solid effort,"
Navy got started early with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Beans followed a leadoff double by Dupell with a triple to the wall in right-center field to bring in the first run of the game. Kash Manzelli then belted a double to bring in Beans. A sacrifice fly by David Wiedeman and an RBI single by Robert Currie gave the Mids their other runs in the frame.
Navy starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl worked around a leadoff double and walk in the first, retired the side in the second, but a two-run home run by Tre-von Johnson with two outs in the top of the third got UMES in the board and cut the Navy lead to, 4-2.
Like Schoberl in the top of the first, Charlie LaMar
overcame a pair of UMES base runners to start the fourth to keep it a two-run game and the Navy offense took advantage of the Hawks' missed opportunity in the bottom of the inning. A hit batter and then single by Milanes with two outs kept the inning alive and Dupell cashed in with a three-run homer that easily cleared the right-center field wall, giving Navy an 8-2 advantage.
"That was big for Charlie to get out of that jam and then we were able to space out the lead a little bit," said Kostacopoulos.
The home run was the second of the season for Dupell and 14th of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh on the program's all-time list.
UMES (5-21) closed its deficit to four runs in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Byron Campbell and RBI single by Brandon Schott.
Navy used six pitchers in the win as Matt Kilby, Dallas Redden, Jake Coffey and Joel Rinehart combined to hold the Hawks hitless over the final three innings.
An RBI single by Beans in the bottom of the sixth drove in what proved to be the last run of the day.
J.P. Black took the loss for the Hawks as he went five-complete innings, yielding eight runs off eight hits to fall to 0-1.
Navy will open Patriot League play on the road this weekend when it travels to Army. The Mids and Black Knights will play doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday beginning at noon both days.