April 14, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Strong outings from starting pitchers Stephen Moore and Luke Gillingham helped the Navy baseball team defeat Holy Cross twice on Sunday, 5-1 and 7-1, as the Mids earned a series split. Moore picked up a complete-game win and Gillingham followed by striking out a career-high seven batters in seven-complete innings in game two. Navy is now 19-19 and 6-6 in the conference.
Moore led Navy to a 5-1 win in game one with a dominating performance on the mound. The sophomore held Holy Cross (16-20, 8-4) to just four hits and struck out a career-high six batters as he earned his second complete-game victory of the season.
Gillingham yielded a run off five hits in his career-long outing in game two.
"The team really needed that today. Stephen was just like he has been the last two weeks - completely locked-in and executing his pitchers. He just did a great job for us," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "As for Luke, that was a heck of a performance out of a freshman."
The Mids gave Moore some early run support by scoring twice in the top of the second inning. A wild pitch allowed Brandon Beans to score and then an RBI fielder's choice by Greg Dupell made it 2-0.
Navy doubled its lead in the top of the fifth with an RBI single from Dave Milanes and then an RBI double by Kash Manzelli to deep center field.
A two-out RBI single by Brad Borosak into right-center field upped Navy's lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth.
Moore allowed just two hits through five and didn't let a leadoff batter reach base until the bottom of the sixth when he hit Evan Ocello with a pitch on a 3-2 count. Ocello was able to work around the bases and score on an RBI single by Jack St. Clair for the Crusaders' first run. Moore didn't let the Crusaders get any closer though as he got an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep it a 5-1 game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Moore sealed the win by retiring the side.
The Crusaders' Donny Murray went five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits in falling to 3-3.
Like game one, the Mids scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning of game two. Manzelli followed a pair of singles with an RBI groundout and then Dupell made it 2-0 with an RBI single through the left side.
Gillingham got into trouble in the bottom of the first as the first-four hitters all reached base. Jordan Enos made it 2-1 with an RBI single and then Patrick Puentes singled to load the bases with no outs. Gillingham quickly settled and struck out the next two batters and then got a groundout to end the inning with the bases loaded.
"He had a really challenging first inning, but was able to strikeout two hitters with very good breaking balls and then he didn't allow another hit until the sixth inning," said Kostacopoulos.
A wild pitch by Mike Ahmed allowed David Wiedeman to score and made it a 3-1 game in the top of the fourth.
John Colella took over to start the fifth and held the Mids to just one hit over three innings of relief work, but a leadoff single by Milanes to start the top of the eighth helped Navy up its lead. Another single and a sacrifice bunt helped Milanes get to third base and then he scored on an RBI single by Wiedeman, giving Navy a 4-1 lead.
Borosak pitched a scoreless eighth and the Mids put the game away in the top of the ninth with three runs off five hits. Milanes finished his 4-for-5 game with a two-RBI double and Manzelli followed with another RBI single to make it 7-1.
Borosak earned his second save of the season in pitching the final two innings.
"It was a great job by our pitching staff, we were able to keep them from threatening nearly all game," said Kostacopoulos.
Navy will be back in action on Wednesday at Maryland-Eastern Shore.