April 1, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Navy baseball team left 16 runners on base, at least one in every inning, in dropping a 13-6 contest against Maryland at the cozy confines of Shipley Field on Tuesday night. The Midshipmen fell to 17-10 on the year, while the Terrapins improved to 15-13.
Navy collected 16 base hits and walked four times, but were just 6-for-21 (.273) with run-scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, Maryland scored its 13 runs on just nine hits, as the Midshipmen issued nine walks, hit a batter and made four errors.
"I thought we hit the ball well today. There were some hard outs," stated Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We just couldn't get them around the bases today. I really liked our approach at the plate, especially over the last-three games. A bunch of the guys are really seeing the ball well.
"We truly had the formula to lose today. When you leave 16 runners on base, walk a bunch of guys and make four errors, it's pretty evident that you are not going to win."
The Midshipmen jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the second inning, as Renaldo Hollins (Sr./Virginia Beach, Va.) laced a single to center to score Steven Soares (So./Coral Springs, Fla.), who led off the frame with a double off the fence in left.
Navy extended the lead to 4-0 in the top half of the third. Thomas Hamilton (Sr./Houston, Texas) doubled to the gap in right-center to score Jonathan Wright (Fr./Arden, N.C.). After Mitch Harris (Sr./Mt. Holly, N.C.) singled to put runners on the corners, Kendall Bolt (So./Stockton, Calif.) lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Speciale. Harris would eventually cross home on a Nick Driscoll (Fr./Riverview, Fla.) single to right.
The lead would not last long, as Maryland scored five times in the bottom half of frame. However, the Midshipmen bounced back to knot the game at five in the fourth, as Hamilton doubled home Michael Speciale
The Terrapins responded with at least one run over the next-five innings to take a lead it would relinquish.
Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored, while Harris delivered a 3-for-6 effort at the plate with a run scored. Soares, Hollins and Mark Guadagnini (Fr./Virginia Beach, Va.) each had multi-hit performances for the Mids on Tuesday.
Navy starter Kyle Millerd (So./La Quinta, Calif.) allowed five runs, four of which were earned, over two-plus innings with four walks and no strikeouts. Sam Long (Newnan, Ga.) was tagged for the loss, as he came in relief of Millerd and yielded five runs, again four of which were earned, in four innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Midshipmen will return to action this Thursday, when they host Delaware State in a 3:30 p.m. contest in Annapolis. Live stats are available for all of Navy's home games via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)