April 6, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team ran its winning streak to four games as it knocked off Georgetown, 9-2, at Max Bishop Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Midshipmen got a solid outing from starting pitcher Zach Sipe, who allowed just one earned run off three hits in four complete innings. A trio of Navy pitchers then held the Hoyas scoreless over the final five innings.
Brandon Beans (2-for-4), Alex Azor (3-for-4) and Greg Dupell (2-for-4) all recorded two RBIs as the Midshipmen pounded out 13 hits in improving their record to 18-11-1.
Navy's win broke a six-game losing streak against Georgetown, which is now 18-13 on the season.
"We really played a solid game today," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "All of our pitchers threw well, our top guys in the lineup really did a good job, we ran the bases well and we made some good defensive plays. It was hard to find fault with anything today."
Andrew Hahn's leadoff triple to start the bottom of the first was sign of things to come for Navy as it was the first of six extra-base hits on the day for the Mids.
Beans brought in Hahn with a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to give Navy a 1-0 lead.
After Georgetown tied the game in the top of the second inning, Navy broke lose for four runs in the bottom of the third.
Azor drove in the first run with a single through the right side, and then Dave Milanes followed with a perfectly executed hit-and-run that scored Beans.
made it three consecutive RBI hits with a double down the right field line that that just missed the outstretched glove of Hoya first baseman Dan Capeless.
Navy made it 5-1 when a throwing error by Georgetown shortstop Mike Garza allowed Dupell to score.
A sacrifice fly gave Georgetown a solo run in the top of the fourth inning, but Navy responded with a two-out rally in the home half of the frame to again extend its lead.
Beans picked up his second RBI of the day with a triple off the left field wall that scored Hahn. Azor followed with a double down the right field line that plated Beans for the second run of the inning.
Navy kept the pressure on in the fifth inning when Dupell led off with a solo home run to straight away center field to make the score 8-2.
A wild pitch later in the inning gave Navy its last run of the day.
"We did some good things in those innings," Kostacopoulos said. "Again, it's that whole idea of pecking away and adding runs. I like the fact that the last two or three games we've been able to extend some leads and that's always a good thing."
Navy relievers Jordan Heller and Preston Gainey did their jobs to keep the Hoyas off the board as both pitched two complete scoreless innings. Heller, who replaced Sipe to start the fifth inning, scattered three hits, while Gainey allowed two.
Dwayne Gammage then retired the side to end the game in the ninth inning.
Georgetown starter Bobby Kirby went 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) off eight hits, and took the loss to fall to 2-1.
Sipe, meanwhile, struck out three and didn't issue a walk as he picked up his first victory of the season.
"That was really encouraging," Kostacopoulos said of Sipe's outing. "He gave us four good innings today."
Navy will travel to West Point, N.Y., this weekend to take on Army in a four-game set. Action will start Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
Navy recorded two more double plays on Wednesday to bring its season total to 23...Navy has now recorded at least one double play in each of its last four games.
With two more triples on Wednesday, Navy now has 17 in 30 games - the same number it had in all of 2010.
The Midshipmen are now 10-1 when they score in the first inning.