April 3, 2013
TOWSON, Md. -
The Navy pitching staff combined to throw eight scoreless innings as the Midshipmen defeated Towson, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Schuerholz Park. Navy is now 16-13 on the season with a 6-1 mark over its last seven games and 10-2 in its last 12.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the third inning, the Midshipmen scored a pair of unearned runs to take a 4-3 lead and never trailed again. The bullpen held the Tigers to just two hits over the final seven frames and an insurance run in the top of the ninth sealed the win for Navy.
Sam Sorenson took over for starter Charlie LaMar in the bottom of the fourth and faced the minimum with the help of an inning-ending double play. He then retired seven consecutive before issuing a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh.
In 3.1 innings, Sorenson didn't yield a hit, walked two batters and struck out two to get the win.
Matt Kilby and Brad Borosak combined to pitch the final 2.2 innings. Borosak retired all five hitters he faced to earn his first-career save.
"When you go with multiple pitchers, everyone has to do the job and for the most part, everybody that was in the game contributed to a successful outcome," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "It was a staff day and those guys all contributed."
A Towson error in the top of the first inning gave Navy the first run of the game. With two outs, Dave Milanes hit a roller toward third baseman Brendan Butler, whose throw to first was high and rolled to the fence and into right field. The errant throw allowed Greg Dupell to score all the way from first base on the play.
After Towson (13-15) tied the game with an infield RBI single by Peter Bowles in the bottom of the first, Butler atoned for his mistake in the top half of the inning with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to make it 3-1.
Robert Currie's sacrifice fly to right field pulled Navy to within a run in the top of the second inning and then the Mids took the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third. Dupell reached on an error to start the inning and then scored to tie the game on an RBI single up the middle by Milanes. David Wiedeman later took advantage of a two-out, bases-loaded opportunity with a single that landed just past the shortstop, plating Milanes for a 4-3 Navy lead.
The Mids had base runners in three of the next five innings but weren't able to extend their lead until the ninth. Milanes drew a one-out walk and pinch runner Jonathan Huggins advanced into scoring position on a pickoff-attempt throwing error. Brandon Beans brought in Huggins to make it a 5-3 game with a double into the gap in right-center field.
Towson made a total of four errors in the game, while the Mids played error free.
"Offensively, we left some guys on base, but we kept putting the pressure on them," said Kostacopoulos. "I thought we played very good defense today. They had a lot of runners, but we never extended an inning by making a defensive mistake."
Dupell finished 2-for-5 at the plate, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Navy will return to Max Bishop Stadium this weekend for a four-game Patriot League series with Bucknell. The two teams will meet in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at noon both days.