Mids Use Six-Run Sixth Inning to Defeat Georgetown, 6-3
Junior Jake Coffey
March 28, 2012
BETHESDA, Md. - The Navy baseball team scored six runs in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to defeat Georgetown, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. Jake Coffey earned his first-career win as he pitched two and one-thirds innings of no-hit relief.
"We got contributions from a lot of different people today," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "It was a complete effort."
After stranding eight runners on base through the five innings, the Mids (11-12) were finally able to take advantage of a leadoff single by Chris Campbell and then consecutive walks to Jonathan Huggins and Dylan Wheeler to start the sixth. With the bases packed, David Wiedeman belted a double down the left field line that rolled all the way to the corner, allowing all three runners to easily score.
Wiedeman later advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored when Nikolai Simonsen grounded into a double play, giving Navy a 4-2 lead.
Facing, Billy Cosmopulos, the third Hoya pitcher of the sixth inning, Kash Manzelli extended the Mids' lead to 6-2 with a two-out, two-RBI double. Manzelli drilled the ball off the fence in right-center field, bringing in Greg Dupell and Chance Jones.
"We did some good things in that inning," said Kostacopoulos. "We didn't chase pitches and we were able to capitalize with a couple big hits."
Dupell led Navy at the plate as he went 3-for-4 and has now reached base safely in the last five games.
"Greg had a very good day today," said Kostacopoulos. "It seemed every time I looked up, Greg was on base."
Coffey got the final out of the fifth inning and then retired six of the next seven Hoya hitters. Georgetown cut into the Navy lead with a solo run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Rand Ravnaas scored from third base on a double play.
Joel Rinehart, who took over with two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth, induced the double play and then got a fly out to end the inning. In the ninth, Rinehart retired the Hoyas in order to pick up his second save of the season.
"They did a really good job of competing and throwing strikes," said Kostacopoulos. "We didn't victimize ourselves today by walking too many people."
Georgetown (11-14) scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth off a wild pitch and then an RBI single by Justin Leeson for a 2-0 lead.
Hoya starter Alex Baker held Navy scoreless over five-complete innings before James Heine took over to start the sixth. Heine faced just three batters as he took the loss to fall to 0-1.
The Mids will begin Patriot League play this weekend when they host Army in a four-game series. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. at Max Bishop Stadium.