April 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team fell to Holy Cross in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. The Crusaders won game one, 8-4, and then took game two, 6-3, to improve to 20-15 and 7-3 in Patriot League play. Navy is now 14-21 and 2-8 in the conference.
Holy Cross used a five-run third-inning to erase a 3-2 deficit in game one, while in game two the Crusaders scored four runs in the third to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
"We didn't play well in the first couple innings of game one and that allowed them to get those early runs," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We don't have a big offense right now, so when you get behind it makes it difficult to come back."
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning of game one, Navy scored three runs to grab a 3-1 lead. Chris Campbell brought in the first run with a single and Dave Milanes followed with an RBI groundout. Kash Manzelli made it three straight at-bats with an RBI as he doubled in Campbell.
After scoring once in the top of the second, the Crusaders took advantage of a Navy error for their five-run top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Campbell made a charge from third base on a ball hit by Andrew Barry. Campbell picked up the ball and threw to second, but the throw was errant, allowing two runners to score. Two batters later with two outs, Mike Ahmed singled to left field to score two more runs. Another RBI single by Patrick Puentes made it 7-3.
An RBI groundout by Greg Dupell made it 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Holy Cross starting pitcher Tommy Marra then gave up just one hit the rest of the way to keep Navy from coming any closer.
The Crusaders added a solo run in the top of the seventh and Marra improved to 4-2 on the season with the complete-game win.
Navy's game-one starter, Ben Nelson, took the loss as he gave up 10 hits in four and two-thirds innings. Of the seven runs he allowed, just two were earned.
An RBI double by Puentes and RBI single by Chris Sintetos gave Holy Cross a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game two. In the top of third, Puentes made it 3-0 as his RBI single capped a string of three straight hits to start the inning. Holy Cross kept the pressure on as three batters later with the bases loaded, Stephen Wadsworth belted a three-run triple to left-center field.
Trailing 6-0, the Midshipmen used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the third. Alex Azor plated Navy's first run of the game with a sac fly to center field, but Holy Cross starting pitcher Matt Croglio then induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Navy put up solo runs again in the fourth and fifth innings. Dupell made it 6-2 with a leadoff homer to start the fourth, and David Wiedeman drove in Navy's third run of the game in the fifth inning with an RBI single.
For Dupell, it was his third home run in the last four games.
But Croglio and reliever Donny Murray then combined to surrender just one hit the rest of the way as they shut down the Mids' offense. Croglio scattered seven hits in six-complete innings to earn the win, while Murray pitched a hitless final three innings for his fourth save of the year.
After giving up seven hits through three innings, Schoberl allowed just three more before being replaced by Jake Coffey with two outs in the seventh.
"Johnny did a good job of battling today," said Kostacopoulos. "We kept getting those solo runs, but couldn't get back over the top with a big inning. Johnny gave us the opportunity to get back in the game."
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in a doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon.