April 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Bucknell Bison swept a doubleheader from the Navy baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium, downing the Mids 3-1 in game one and 16-10 in the final game of the series. Navy is now 17-16 overall and 4-4 in Patriot League play, while Bucknell upped its mark to 9-22 and 4-4 in the conference.
The Bison scored solo runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings in game one and never allowed the Mids' offense to get into gear. Game two saw Bucknell score four runs in each of the first two innings as the Bison grabbed an 8-0 early lead and never looked back.
Navy had its leadoff runner on base in six of seven innings in game one, but was able to manage just a single run. Bucknell starter Dan Goldstein allowed six hits, one walk and struck out six and only once did he allow consecutive batters to reach base.
"We had guys on base early, but just couldn't get any runs home. We hit the ball hard a few times, but I tip my hat to Goldstein. He controlled the game really well," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We couldn't get the necessary big inning we needed and to their credit, they kept us down."
A one-out walk turned out to hurt the Mids in the top of the third as Bucknell took a 1-0 lead. Justin Meier later came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Corey Furman. A solo home run by Joe Ogren to lead off the fourth inning increased Bucknell's lead to 2-0.
Dave Milanes became fourth consecutive Navy hitter to lead off an inning by getting on base when doubled in the fourth. Kash Manzelli followed with an RBI single through the right side to plate Milanes and cut the deficit in half. Manzelli advanced to second later in the inning on a wild pitch, but Goldstein got three straight outs for fourth consecutive to frame to strand him and keep the score 2-1.
Travis Clark made it solo runs in three straight innings for Bucknell when is RBI single increased the Bison lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth.
Navy starter Johnny Schoberl didn't let Bucknell extend its lead any further though, stranding a pair of runners on base in the inning. Schoberl also worked around walks in the sixth and seven to strand three more runners over the final two frames.
"I thought John had a pretty solid performance," said Kostacopoulos.
Goldstein faced the minimum in the fifth and then retired the side in the sixth before Connor Deneen led off the seventh with a double to left field. But unfortunately for the Mids, the same script played out as in the previous innings with Goldstein retiring three consecutive batters to end hopes of a Navy comeback.
Schoberl yielded six hits, struck out three but walked six batters in falling to 2-4 on the year.
Bucknell put Navy in a hole early in game two, scoring four runs in each of the first two innings to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Four of the first six hitters singled to start the game, including Ogren and Anthony Gingerilli, who both drove in a pair of runs.
A walk and three straight singles led to more trouble for Navy to start the top of the second. Ogren picked up his third RBI of the game while Carter Bumgardner, Rob Krentzman and Robb Scott also drove in runs in the inning.
Greg Dupell's RBI groundout got Navy on the board in the third, but two more four-run innings by the Bison put the game out of reach. Back-to-back home runs by Clark and Bumgardner helped the Bison score four in the fifth and four runs off four hits in the seventh made it 16-1.
Entering the bottom of the ninth with just six hits, the Mids sent 14 batters to the plate in the final inning, scoring nine runs off eight hits. Three players - Craig Veech, David Norman and Ryan Turner - all had two hits in the inning. Veech had a double and three run homer, while David Norman had a pair of singles and drove in two runs. Turner had a double and a single. Brad Borosak added a two-RBI triple and Milanes an RBI single.
Bucknell's Andrew Andreychik held Navy to just five hits in his seven innings of work to earn the win.
"He did a good job of not giving us free passes and making us hit it," said Kostacopoulos. "They were able to stretch the lead and take it from there."
Navy starter Luke Gillingham got just one out before being removed in the top of the first. He took the loss and is now 1-3.
Navy will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to Coppin State.