April 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team (15-16, 1-5 PL) earned an emphatic doubleheader split with Holy Cross (9-16, 2-2 PL) on Saturday as the Mids responded to a 6-1 loss in Game One with a 13-2 drubbing of the Crusaders in Game Two. The victory in the second contest gave Navy its first in league play in 2014.
Offensively, in the Mids’ doubleheader, a 14-hit showing in Game Two helped skewed the day’s overall showing as Holy Cross pitching held Navy to just four hits in the first game. For the doubleheader, Drew Hayes (So., Collegeville, Pa.) was a team-high 4-for-7 at the plate with two RBIs over the two games. David Norman (Sr., Fayetteville, Ga.) joined Hayes as one of four Mids with hits in both contests as he went a combined 3-for-6 with a team-high four RBIs.
On the mound, Game Two’s starter Anthony Parenti (Jr., Elizabeth, N.J.) controlled a Holy Cross team that notched six runs in the opener to just two runs over seven innings. The junior earned his sixth win of the year with a final line of 7.0 innings pitched, five strikeouts and two runs on six hits and two walks.
“Give Holy Cross credit for the first game, they swung the bat well against Steve [Moore] and stretched the lead out to make it a comfortable game. It’s hard to generate many runs when you’re held to four hits,” said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “In the second game, its 2-1 going into the sixth and then we have a big 11-run inning; that will definitely help you win a game. Tony did another solid job in Game Two; he didn’t have his best stuff, but he grinded throughout and kept us in the game when we needed him.”
The day’s first contest started positive for Navy as the Mids jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as two walks and a Kash Manzelli
(Sr., Dunwoody, Ga.) single loaded the bases before Hayes singled to left field to score Robert Currie
(So., Atlanta, Ga.).
Navy starting pitcher Stephen Moore (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) held the Crusaders at bay over the second and third innings as he navigated leadoff runners reaching base in each frame. The junior’s lack of precision would eventually catch up to him in the fourth when Holy Cross chased him from the game after recording three runs on four hits and a walk. A fourth inherited run would be charged to Moore to close his day’s line at 3.2 innings pitched, two strikeouts and four runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. The three walks were a season-high for Moore, who came into the game with just four free passes on the season.
After Holy Cross’ starting pitcher Ben White left with an injury in the bottom of the fourth, the Crusaders’ bullpen locked up the win by holding Navy to just four base runners over the final 3.2 innings.
Solo runs by Holy Cross in the sixth and seventh innings would make the game final by a score of 6-1. For the seven-inning contest, the Crusaders outhit the Mids, 12-4.
Moore took the loss for Navy to drop to 2-4 on the season, while Holy Cross’ first reliever George Capen earned the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
With 30 minutes between the games, the Midshipmen came out in Game Two with a re-worked lineup and confidence as once again they were trotting out another top-flight pitcher, this time in the form of Anthony Parenti.
After Parenti struck out Jack St. Clair looking to end the top of the first inning, Navy flipped the switch to offense and promptly posted a crooked number on Holy Cross. Patrick Brady (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) kick-started the offense with a one-out double down the right field line. Two batters later, he would score on a Leland Saile (Fr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) single through the left side.
The Crusaders found success against Parenti in each of the second and third innings as they scored single runs in both frames to take a 2-1 lead.
The score stayed at a one-run margin into the sixth inning before Navy posted an inning to remember. After Hayes was retired on a pop-out to the shortstop to begin the bottom of the sixth, the Mids would see seven straight batters reach base safely and score five runs. A sacrifice fly by Saile plated run number six and gave Holy Cross its second out, but the scoring was far from done as Navy would send six more hitters to bat and register five more runs. When the last out was recorded, the Mids had scored 11 runs on seven hits, three walks and two hit by pitches.
Navy extended its 12-2 lead out to an 11-run margin in the bottom of the seventh with a Saile triple and RBI single by Brandon Beans (Sr., Hartsville, S.C.).
Two scoreless relief frames by freshmen Brian Wikoff (Shrewsbury, N.J.) and Colby Sciarrilla (Vidor, Texas) closed out the 13-2 victory for the Mids.
For the game, Navy outhit Holy Cross, 14-7. Led by Hayes’ three singles, five Mids ended Game Two with multiple hits, Saile (2), Beans (2), Norman (2) and Adrian Chinnery (Fr., Wilmington, Del.) (2). Norman finished with a game-high four RBIs, all of which came in the sixth inning.
Parenti earned his sixth win of 2014 by going seven innings, while Holy Cross reliever Collin Manning took the loss by giving up two runs over one inning.
“Even though it was a 13-2 score, three big defensive plays really helped us early on; Travis Blue backhanded a ball deep in the hole, Leland threw a runner out at the plate and Drew made a heck of a play going to his left in the five-six hole,” said Kostacopoulos. “If they don’t make those plays it’s a completely different ballgame.”
“We have to keep playing the way we’ve been tomorrow. We’re playing a lot of young kids, who are getting experience and they are getting a little bit better each game. We’ve got to keep going in that direction.”
Navy and Holy Cross will conclude their four-game Patriot League series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 12-noon.