Navy Falls in Midweek Bout with Georgetown
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team dropped a non-conference tilt with Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium by a score of 3-2. Three combined runs by the Hoyas (10-20) over the second and fourth innings would stand up as the Midshipmen (25-10) would only be able to muster a two-spot on the scoreboard in the sixth inning in a game that was heavily controlled by pitchers.
“Today boiled down to all our offense coming in just one inning,” remarked head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “We didn’t put much pressure on them with our at bats. We didn't make them make pressure plays on defense to scratch out that third or fourth run. Our pitching staff settled down after a rough start and eventually got into a good flow on the mound, but we just didn’t have enough offensive punch to get through it and get the win."
The action on Wednesday began with the Georgetown jumping ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning as the Hoyas loaded the bases with two outs before pushing across a run. Navy’s starting pitcher Tommy Goodridge (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) averted further damage as he forced a weak ground out to second base.
With the score 1-0 in favor of the visitors, the Mids looked to immediately respond in the bottom of the second as Evan Lowery (So., Williamsburg, Va.) led off with a walk before eventually advancing to second base on a single by his older brother Liam Lowery (Jr., Williamsburg, Va.). Both of the siblings were stranded by Georgetown’s starter Jake Grzebinski.
The game continued at a one-run margin into the fourth before the Hoyas tacked on two runs on a walk, double, wild pitch and RBI ground out.
Trailing 3-0, Navy’s offense started gaining traction in the bottom of the sixth. Logan Knowles (Sr., Port Orchard, Wash.) led off the frame with a triple into the right field corner before coming into score in the next at bat on a triple by Zach Biggers (So., Walhalla, S.C.) to the left-center field gap. Biggers made it a 3-2 ball game after Grzebinski uncorked a wild pitch into the dirt and away from his catcher.
Both teams’ bullpens held the game at a 3-2 score over the final three innings. The Mids’ effort was led by Trey Seabrooke (So., Jacksonville, Fla.), who faced just one over the minimum in his 3.0-inning outing. The sophomore right-hander allowed one hit, while striking out two Hoyas during his appearance. A single by Evan Lowery in the eighth was the only Navy hit off of a trio of Georgetown pitchers over the last three innings.
For the game, both teams finished with five hits. Lowery had a pair of singles to lead the Mids.
Goodridge took the loss to drop to 3-2 on the year. The freshman hurler finished with a line of 2.0 innings, two hits, one run and three walks.
Pitching in the fifth and sixth innings, Jared Leins (Fr., Raleigh, N.C.) recorded a scoreless outing for the Mids. The plebe went 2.0 innings with one hit, one walks and one strikeout. Wednesday marked his seventh scoreless appearance in 2018.
Navy will pick up Patriot League play this weekend with a three-game series at home versus Lehigh. The Mids and Mountain Hawks will compete in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 noon before closing out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.