Baseball Earns Sixth Straight Victory with 11-6 Win over Towson
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team ran its win streak to six games on Tuesday afternoon as the Mids (24-12) came from behind to knock off the Towson Tigers (12-17) by a score of 11-6. In a game that began with both starting pitchers cruising quickly through the early innings changed its tune in the second half as the two teams combined for 15 runs over the three-inning span of the sixth through eighth. A strong start by Rece Goodman (So., Irvine, Calif.) would long be forgotten by the time the dust settled at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium as Navy teed off on Towson’s bullpen for 10 runs over its final three at bats.
“Today was just a scrappy win,” remarked head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “We found some holes and bunched some hits together in the six-run inning. Obviously, Logan had the big hit for us there. We fought all day and got out of some jams; by hook or by crook, whether it was a line drive or a double play or a strikeout we got out of some tight situations early on in the game. We also stretched the game out. Rather than getting behind a bunch in the beginning we stretched it out and kept the game within reach. Mostly it was just a scrappy win.”
The Mids received a well-balanced attack from its lineup on Wednesday as eight different players recorded hits. Evan Lowery (Fr., Williamsburg, Va.) led Navy in the hits department with three, while Logan Knowles (Jr., Port Orchard, Wash.) and Leland Saile (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) headlined the team’s run production as Knowles drove in three and Saile plated two.
“It wasn’t one or two guys today that were doing it on offense for us,” said Kostacopoulos. “We kept pecking away with different parts of our lineup and eventually we broke through with two big innings and that was enough for today.”
On the mound, Goodman threw the most complete start of his young career as the southpaw pitched into the fifth before exiting having thrown 83 pitches over 4.1 innings. Goodman scattered five hits and a walk and allowed just one unearned run, while striking out four. Colin Brady (Jr., Seneca, S.C.) gave the Mids 2.1 innings of solid middle relief before leaving the game in the seventh.
“I thought Rece competed really well,” said Kostacopoulos. “They made a couple runs at him and at the same time he was able to get the big out when he needed it. Sometimes that will change the whole complexion of the game when you get the outs when you need it.”
The action was fast moving early on as the game finished four full innings by the one-hour mark. Towson notched the contest’s first run with a single tally in the top of the second via a Navy fielding error.
Down 1-0, the Mids evened the score two innings later in the bottom of the fourth when Saile drove in Travis Blue (Sr., Orange, Calif.) with an RBI ground out.
Outside of those two runs, both Goodman for Navy and David Marriggi for Towson were seemingly in control over this opening four-inning span. When Towson threatened Goodman for added runs in the second and for one run in the third, the left-hander got strikeouts to quell the rally. Marriggi limited Navy with a pair of one-two-three innings.
Coming out for his fifth inning of work, Goodman ran into a bit of trouble as he walked the leadoff batter before recording a fielder’s choice groundout. Ushered in from the bullpen, Brady immediately concluded the inning as he forced Towson’s Colin Gimblet to ground into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch.
The game continued at 1-1 until the top of the sixth when Towson scored a single run with a triple and sacrifice fly.
Trailing by one, Navy broke through versus Towson’s bullpen in the bottom of the six as the Mids batted around and scored six runs with two outs. Christian Hodge (So., Winder, Ga.) came off the bench as a pinch-hitter to get the offense rolling as he drove in Saile with an infield single deep in the hole near the shortstop. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Matthew Wilcox (So., Los Gatos, Calif.) hit another run-scoring infield single to plate Jacob Williamson (Fr., Sims, N.C.) and make it 3-2. In the ensuing at bat, Knowles unloaded the bases with a three-RBI double before coming in himself on a two-base throwing error that sailed into the Mids’ dugout.
The Tigers responded to the Mids’ newly-founded 7-2 lead with four runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning.
With the score now sitting at a one-run margin of 7-6, the game moved along into the eighth when Navy added four insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. Scott Koscho (So., Trafford, Pa.) led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch before being replaced on the base path by pinch-runner Michael Coritz (Fr., Clifton, Va.). A walk, fielding error and a wild pitch netted Navy’s eighth run and eventually laid the ground work for Stephen Born (Jr., Strafford, Pa.) to record his 31st RBI of the season via a sacrifice fly. Now up 9-6, Saile added another run as he drove in Blue for the second time on the day. The final run of the contest came when Saile rushed home on another wild pitch.
Jett Meenach (Sr., Flower Mound, Texas) put down Towson and closed out the 11-6 game with two strikeouts in the top of the ninth.
For the game, Navy and Towson tied with 11 hits each. Lowery (3) and Williamson (2) each were credited multiple hits in the victory.
Brady earned the win to improve to 3-0 as he held the line for Navy, while the Mids were coming back and taking the lead in the sixth.
Navy has a short turnaround as the Mids will be back on the diamond on Wednesday afternoon on the road at Maryland Eastern Shore. The Mids and Hawks will face off beginning at 3 p.m. in Princess Anne.