Baseball Drops Two to Holy Cross
April 13, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Navy baseball team fell in a doubleheader with Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass., dropping game one, 3-0, and then game two, 10-9, on a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Navy is now 17-19 and 4-6 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross is 16-18 overall and atop the conference at 8-2.
"We have to try and rebound tomorrow. That's the nature of baseball, you're going to have these kinds of days and you have to see how you're going to respond," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "The second game was a battle and they ended out coming out on top. We're going to have to regroup and have a better effort tomorrow."
In a seesaw affair that saw scoring in all but two innings, Navy and Holy Cross went to the ninth inning of game two tied, 9-9. John Colella retired the Mids in order and reliever Brad Borosak sat down the first two Crusaders in the bottom of the frame. Stephen Wadsworth then reached on single and advanced to second on the play when Borosak's throw sailed wide at first base. A passed ball allowed Wadsworth to move to third base and Mike Ahmed delivered the game-winning hit with a single past third base.
After being limited to just two hits in game one, the Mids produced three hits in the top of the first inning of game two to grab an early 1-0 lead. Dave Milanes drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to right field that scored Brandon Beans.
A two-out RBI double down the left field line by Brandon Beans, who finished with four hits, gave Navy a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but Holy Cross then got on the board with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Wadsworth's RBI double brought in the first run and then a single and hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Andrew Barry cleared the bases as his double to left field dropped in front of a diving Dupell, giving Holy Cross a 4-2 advantage.
Navy responded with a three-run, two-out rally of its own in the top of the third. An error, single and sacrifice bunt gave Navy runners on second and third and Jack Keller drove in the first run with a sac fly to right field. Borosak's RBI single through the middle tied the game and David Wiedeman's fifth double of the season gave Navy the lead, 5-4. Wiedeman's double sailed all the way to the wall in center field, scoring Borosak from first base.
Borosak drove in his second run of the game in top of the fifth with an RBI single to give Navy a 6-4 lead.
But Holy Cross took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame. Keyed by a two-RBI double off the bat of Brandon Cipolla, the Crusaders scored four runs for an 8-6 lead.
Kash Manzelli's two-RBI double down the line into left field tied the game at eight in the top of the sixth, but a run-scoring single by Jordan Enos in the bottom of the frame quickly reclaimed the lead for Holy Cross, 9-8.
Milanes retied the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI single.
Navy had opportunities to add to its total in both the sixth and seventh, but left the bases loaded to end each inning. The Mids left a total of 14 runners on base in the game.
Colella improved to 2-3 with the win in game two, while Borosak fell to 0-3 with the loss.
In the opener, the Crusaders' Tom Marra limited Navy to just two hits in his complete-game win. He struck out nine and walked two.
Navy's game-one starter Johnny Schoberl held the Crusaders to just two hits through five innings. He faced the minimum through the first 3.1 innings before allowing an infield single to Barry. Patrick Puentes then delivered a double off the wall in right field that looked like it would score Barry, but a strong throw from Beans in right field and then an on-target relay from Borosak to the catcher, Milanes, was in time to tag out a sliding Barry.
Schoberl worked around a single and walk in the fifth with the help of a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.
Consecutive walks to start the bottom of the sixth put the Crusaders in position to score the game's first runs. A passed ball allowed the runners to move over and then Barry hit an RBI single to plate the first run. A wild pitch allowed the second run to score and then an error on a throw to first base by reliever Sam Sorenson made it 3-0.
Marra allowed just three base runners through five innings and didn't give up a hit until an infield single by Robert Currie in the top of the sixth. The Mids managed just one more hit against Marra as Dupell led off the top of the seventh with a base hit, but double play quickly erased any scoring threat.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday in a doubleheader at noon.