April 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team used a four-run first inning and solid pitching to defeat Coppin State, 5-0, on Wednesday at Max Bishop Stadium. While the offense was held to just four hits, Navy pitchers Anthony Parenti, Jake Coffey, Matt Jackson and Jordan Heller combined to toss the Mids' first shutout of the season.
"I thought all of our pitchers did a really solid job of challenging the strike zone," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We only had one walk, and with no errors we kept the game to 27 outs. Getting three double plays was good, too.
"Our pitching and defense was good today, and offensively we just have to keep plugging away."
Navy used just one hit and one Coppin State error to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Nikolai Simonsen drove in the first run with his team-leading fourth triple of the season, while Chris Campbell and Dave Milanes followed with RBIs off a fielder's choice and error, respectively. A sacrifice fly by Andrew Hahn made it 4-0.
Simonsen, who finished the game 2-for-3, made it 5-0 in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single through the left side that plated David Wiedeman.
"Nikolai had some good at-bats today and defined the strike zone pretty well," said Kostacopoulos.
Parenti, who was scheduled to pitch just four innings, faced the minimum in the first and second innings and stranded two runners in the third. He retired the side in the fourth inning and picked up the win to improve to 2-1.
The next Navy pitcher, Coffey, struck out four of the eight batters he faced. Coppini State's biggest threat came in the top of the seventh inning when three consecutive one-out singles loaded the bases. But Jackson was able to get Dawan Smith to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.
Jordan Heller closed the game by pitching the final two innings and struck out two, including Aaron Jones for the final out of the game.
The win improved Navy's record to 12-16, while Coppin State remains winless on the season at 0-26.
Eagle starting pitcher Yahya Muhammad was pulled after facing just four hitters in the first inning and was charged with the loss.
Navy will return to Patriot League play this weekend when it travels to Bucknell. The Mids and Bison will meet in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at noon both days.
"Bucknell is a very good team and we've got a challenge this weekend," said Kostacopoulos. "We've got to get back to work tomorrow and Friday and be ready to go."