April 6, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team got a dramatic, 11-inning 2-1 win in walk-off fashion in game one of a doubleheader with Bucknell on Saturday afternoon, but fell in game two, 8-4. David Wiedeman delivered a two-out RBI single to left field, scoring Chris Campbell for a 2-1 victory in 11 innings in game one. Bucknell never trailed in game two and used a five-run fourth inning en route to the win.
With the split, Navy is now 17-14 overall and 4-2 in Patriot League play. Bucknell is 7-22 and 2-4 in the conference.
"Game one was a battle, both teams had legitimate opportunities to win it and then it came down to getting that one hit to be able to get the win," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We had a bad inning and it cost us in game two. We got down seven runs and it was a battle from there. We have come back and be ready tomorrow."
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of game one, Chris Campbell drew a walk, bringing up the pitcher, Joel Rinehart. In the first at-bat of his collegiate career, Rinehart fouled off a couple pitches before belting a single through the middle to keep the inning alive. Wiedeman then came through with the winning hit as his single flew over the head of Corey Furman in left field, easily scoring Campbell.
Rinehart came into the game in the eighth spot in the lineup in the 10th inning, replacing Borosak on the mound, who moved back to second base.
"That's college baseball," said Kostacopoulos. "We had already used Brad on the mound and didn't want to go to another reliever, so we rolled the dice and let Joel hit and it happened to work out."
Borosak took over for starter Stephen Moore with a runner on second and one out in the top of the sixth inning. He then retired 11 consecutive Bucknell batters before a pair of walks in the 10th gave the Bison runners at corners with one out. Rinehart replaced Borosak and quickly ended the threat, getting a lineout and groundout to keep the game tied.
"Brad was very good today, and that's nice to see. As was Joel," said Kostacopoulos.
The Mids had a chance to end the game in the ninth when Brandon Beans led off with a single and worked his way over to third base with just one out. Bucknell starter Bryson Hough got Dylan Wheeler to ground out and then got Wiedeman looking at strike three to send the game to extra innings.
Robert Currie gave the Mids another chance in the 10th, leading off the bottom of the inning with a single. Currie moved to third base on a wild pitch and sac bunt, but like the ninth, Navy wasn't able to get the run home as reliever Xavier Hammond retired Dave Milanes and Greg Dupell to push the game to the 11th.
Bucknell took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Carter Bumgardner. Navy tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a leadoff triple by Dupell. Furman lost sight of the towering ball in the sun, allowing Dupell to get all the way to third base. Two batters later, Kash Manzelli brought in Dupell with a base hit.
Hough didn't allow a hit after the fourth until Beans' leadoff single in the ninth.
Moore yielded eight hits in 5.1 innings and the one run he allowed was unearned.
"Stephen was rock solid again today," said Kostacopoulos.
Rinehart didn't allow a hit in 1.2 innings as he earned the game-one win to improve to 2-1. Hammond fell to 0-4 with the loss.
A two-RBI double to left field by Justin Meier gave the Bison a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning of game two. Starting pitcher Dan Weigel held Navy to just two base runners through three innings and in the top of the fourth, the Bison took advantage of a Navy error to score five runs, four of which were unearned to take a 7-0 lead. A one-out error by Wheeler at second base with a runner on helped Bucknell get some momentum as it went on to load the bases. Matt Busch and Furman both had RBI singles, while Bumgardner added a two-RBI single and Travis Clark a sacrifice fly.
Weigel kept Navy scoreless until a solo home run by Beans got Navy on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Bucknell picked up its eight run of the day in the top of the eighth, but a pair of two-out RBIs by Milanes (single) and Dupell (double) made it 8-3 in the bottom of the frame. Wiedeman added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.
Navy's game-two starter Anthony Parenti retired each hitter he faced in the fifth and sixth before giving way to Stephen Geiss. Parenti finished with six strikeouts and two earned runs off eight hits.
Weigel went eight-complete innings, finishing with seven strikeouts and two walks to improve to 2-5.
The two teams will meet in a doubleheader again tomorrow at noon.