Wofford Defeats Navy, 6-3 in Non-Conference Tilt
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – An early four-spot on the scoreboard by the visiting Wofford Terriers would tell the story on Tuesday as the Navy baseball team challenged throughout, but wasn’t able to get a big inning to throw the non-conference game into peril. In a wire-to-wire victory at Terwilligers Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium, the Terriers (16-14) took their first-ever meeting with the Midshipmen (18-12) by a score of 6-3.
“They got on top of us early 4-0 and we really settled the game down from that point on as our relievers did a really nice for us today and threw up some zeroes, that gave us a chance to come back; it’s a 3-2 ballgame after the first inning,” surmised head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “I was pleased with how we continue play on the field. It was just one of those days where they jumped us and were able to carry the lead throughout the game.”
The outlook on Tuesday’s matchup would be effected right out of the gate as the Terriers pounced on the Mids’ starter Thomas Wilson (Fr., Burbank, Calif.) as five of the first six batters reached base. A two-run home run by McClain Bradley opened the scoring before a single by Reed Massey plated two more runs to make it 4-0 and chase Wilson from the game. Newly-inserted reliever Rece Goodman (So., Irvine, Calif.) quelled the big inning with consecutive ground outs to end the frame.
Goodman started a run of six straight zeroes that Navy relievers hung on the scoreboard versus Wofford from the second through seventh innings.
With an explosive Terrier team that came into the contest averaging 7.2 runs a game sedated, the Mids were able to slash a run off their four-run deficit in the bottom of the third as Evan Lowery (Fr., Williamsburg, Va.) drove in Travis Blue (Sr., Orange, Calif.) with a two-out single to center field.
The score stayed at a 4-1 mark over the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings as Goodman and Trey Seabrooke (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.) shutout Wofford, while Chris Sheehan and Matt Ellmyer did the same versus Navy. The most contentious half inning of play during that span was in the top of the fourth when Goodman exited the contest with the bases loaded and one out. Calmly, Seabrooke took care of the threat with back-to-back strikeouts looking versus the Terriers two- and three-hole batters.
Brian Wikoff (Sr., Shrewsbury, N.J.) was the fourth Mid to see action on the mound on Tuesday as the left-hander shut down Wofford in the seventh inning before getting tagged with one run in the eighth. That run was the first for the Terriers since it was 4-0 with one out in the top of the first inning.
With the score 5-1, Wofford plated its sixth and final run in the top of the ninth. Down five runs going into the bottom half of the frame, Navy put together a rally as Jacob Williamson (Fr., Sims, N.C.) led off with an opposite field solo home run out to right-center field. The next batter up, Zach Biggers (Fr., Walhalla, S.C.) followed his classmate with a double off the left-center field wall. After two putouts slowed the Mids, pinch hitter Ben Lowe (Jr., Memphis, Tenn.) came through with a double down the left field line to score Biggers. Unfortunately for Navy that would be it as the game went final in the next at bat with a ground out to finish at 6-3.
“Jacob and Zach are both aggressive players and they’re getting better so that’s always a bright spot to continue to see your younger players improve and come through in pressure situations,” said Kostacopoulos.
For the game, Wofford outhit Navy, 14-9. Blue and Williamson each recorded two hits for the Mids, while five others tallied single hits.
Wilson took the loss for Navy after allowing four runs on four hits over 0.1 innings pitched.
Amongst the Mids’ relief corps, Goodman went 3.0 scoreless innings with four hits and one strikeout, Seabrooke went 2.2 scoreless with two hits and four strikeouts and Wikoff went 1.1 with two hits, one strikeout and one run allowed. Colin Brady (Jr., Seneca, S.C.) was the final Navy hurler on the day as he threw 1.2 innings with two hits and one run allowed with one strikeout.
Navy will be right back in home non-conference action on Wednesday when it hosts Coppin State in a 3 p.m. tilt. The Mids are scheduled for a staff day with RHP Jackson Zoch (So., San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) getting the ball first, while the Eagles are slated to start sophomore RHP Devin Rivera Ozuna.