Veech's Grand Slam Powers Navy Past UMES
April 16, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A grand slam by Craig Veech and a career-long start by pitcher Stephen Geiss helped the Navy baseball team pound Maryland-Eastern Shore, 13-2, on Tuesday afternoon in Princess Anne. Veech (3-for-5) finished with a career-best five RBIs and Robert Currie's (2-for-4) three RBIs were also a career high.
Geiss tied a career high with five strikeouts in six-complete innings to earn his first win of the year. After working out of a bases-loaded situation in the first, the senior got into a grove and sat down nine consecutive batters at one point, including striking out the side in the fourth.
"Stephen Geiss did a really nice job for us. He had three pitches going and pitched very well for six full innings," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Obviously Craig had a great day. The grand slam really got us going in the right direction."
With Navy (20-19) leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, courtesy of an RBI single by Currie in the first, UMES starter J.P. Black issued a pair of walks and hit a batter to load the bases. Veech stepped in and took advantage, crushing the first pitch he saw toward left field. The ball easily cleared the fence for the Mids' first grand slam of the season and a 5-0 lead.
A two-out RBI single by Byron Campbell sailed just over the outstretched glove of shortstop David Wiedeman to give the Hawks (6-33) their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Greg Dupell helped hold the Hawks to just one run in the inning as he made a running catch near the wall for the final out, stranding two runners.
Navy stretched its lead to 7-1 in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Currie and an RBI single by Kash Manzelli that took a bad hop and jumped over the glove of second baseman Joshua James, scoring Beans.
The teams traded runs in the ninth, making the final score 13-2.
Beans finished the game 3-for-4, while Drew Hayes added a pair of hits.
"It was good to see a few different guys with multiple hits. All around, it was a good, solid performance," said Kostacopoulos.
After playing its last eight six games on the road, Navy will return home this weekend to face Lafayette. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. and Sunday's twin bill will begin at 1 p.m. Game one of Sunday's doubleheader will be televised on CBS Sports Network.