April 7, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
After falling to Bucknell, 3-2, in 10 innings in game one, the Navy baseball team bounced back to win the second game of the twin bill, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, Pa. The Midshipmen scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning of game two to take the lead, and then Stephen Moore retired all six batters he faced in the final two innings to earn his second save of the season.
"After losing a tough first game in 10 innings, we came back and played outstanding defensively and got great pitching," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Both Johnny Schoberl and Stephen Moore did a good job to hold a good-hitting team like Bucknell to just two runs. Stephen was really efficient in pitching with a one-run lead."
Navy's game-two starter, Schoberl, turned in his longest outing of the year - seven complete innings - and scattered seven hits. Schoberl struck out four and walked two as he picked his fourth win of the season.
Navy (13-17, 1-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game two as Greg Dupell brought in Alex Azor on a fielder's choice RBI.
Schoberl faced the minimum in the second through fourth innings before a leadoff triple by Travis Clark in the bottom of the fifth put Bucknell in position to score. A groundout by Colby Vanderbeck in the next at-bat then scored Clark to tie the game at one.
After the Bison (15-16, 2-4) took a 2-1 lead on two-out RBI single by Matt Lamore in the bottom of the sixth, Navy got a big leadoff double from designated hitter Kash Manzelli to start the seventh inning. Andrew Hahn followed with his third triple of the season to score Manzelli and tie the game at two. The next batter, Dave Milanes, brought in Hahn with a sacrifice fly to left field that ultimately gave Navy the lead for good, 3-2.
"We were able to get those two runs there and sometimes you just need to do that - you need to be able to hit one in the gap, and that has eluded us for a few days," said Kostacopoulos. "It was nice to see a couple guys get those big hits."
Bucknell's Bryson Hough threw eight complete innings in game two, allowing all three runs off eight hits. He took the loss to fall to 1-5.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning of game one, Azor drew a one-out walk from Bucknell closer Alex Cillo. Two batters later with two outs, Cillo walked Dupell to give Navy runners at first and second with Milanes coming to bat. Milanes was patient and then drilled an offering from Cillo past the second baseman and into right field, scoring Azor to tie the game, 2-2.
Joel Rinehart replaced game one-starter Ben Nelson in the bottom of the seventh with one out. Rinehart struckout the first batter he faced and then ended the inning when he tagged out Scott Reed who was trying to score from third base on a pitch that got away from catcher Chris Cannon. Reed broke for home as Cannon recovered the ball and tossed it to Rinehart covering home plate, who tagged Reed for the final out, sending the game to extra innings.
Both Rinehart and Cillo controlled the eighth and ninth innings. In the bottom of the 10th, pinch-hitter Carter Baumgardner led off with a double to left field. A bunt single by Furman moved him to third and David Duffett then won the game with his third RBI of the day on a single up the middle.
Nelson scattered just three hits in his six and one-third innings and retired nine consecutive at one point. Rinehart took the loss by pitching the final two and two-thirds innings, falling to 4-4 on the year.
After giving up the game-tying hit to Milanes in the top of the seventh, Cillo didn't give up a hit the rest of the way as he earned the win in four complete innings of work.
Navy pushed across a solo run in the top of the fourth inning of game one to take a 1-0 lead when an error by Duffet at third base allowed Chris Campbell to score.
Having allowed just two hits through five innings, Nelson issued his first walk of the game to start the bottom of the sixth. Bob Donato then reached on an error by Hahn in right field to quickly give the Bison their best scoring opportunity of the game. Duffett followed with a double to left field, scoring both runners to give the Bison their first lead, 2-1.
The two teams will meet in another doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at 12 p.m. at Depew Field.
- In holding Bucknell scoreless through five innings in game one, Nelson extended his shutout streak against BU to 15 innings as he pitched 10 scoreless frames in last season's 16-inning loss in game one of the Patriot League semifinals on May 14, 2011 ... Nelson is now tied for 14th with Lou Repucci on Navy's all-time games started list with 31.
- Paul Kostacopouls is now one-win shy of 700 for his career.
- In picking up a double in game two, Alex Azor moved into a tie for 11th place on Navy's all-time doubles list with a career total of 32.
- Dave Milanes now has one RBI in each of his last five games.
- Johnny Schoberl's seven-inning outing was the second longest of his career ... His longest-career start came last year at Lehigh when he pitched seven and one-third innings.