April 17, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -
The Navy baseball team put up five, two-run innings and got a pair of shutout performances from pitchers Dallas Redden and Charlie LaMar as the Midshipmen defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 10-0, on Tuesday in Princess Anne. Andrew Hahn and Greg Dupell both had three hits for the Mids as they improved to 16-22.
In his first-career start, Redden tossed five and one-third scoreless innings. The freshman scattered five hits, issued two walks and also picked up two strikeouts in earning the win.
"For Dallas to go out in his first start and give us as clean of an outing as he did was good to see," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "He gave us a chance to get the lead and then build on it. We executed well and also played good defense."
Navy took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning with RBIs by Josh Moore and Greg Bryant. With Kash Manzelli and Chris Campbell on base, Moore drilled an RBI single through the right side. Bryant followed with a fielder's choice RBI that scored Campbell.
Manzelli, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, extended Navy's lead to 4-0 with a high chopping, two-RBI single up the middle in the top of the third.
In the top of the fourth with two outs, Hahn and Dupell hit back-to-back RBI triples to push the Mids' lead to 6-0. For Hahn, it was his team-leading fifth triple of the season.
With Redden cruising along and keeping the Hawks off the bases, Navy built on its advantage courtesy of Dupell again in the top of the sixth. Dupell's single to left field scored both Hahn and Alex Azor for an 8-0 lead.
Bryant capitalized on a bases loaded opportunity in the top of the seventh with a single through the left side that plated the Mids' final two runs of the day.
"We were able to get two, then four, then six and go from there. At times in a game you can have lulls and today we didn't have any lulls, so we were able to extend our lead," said Kostacopoulos.
LaMar took over for Redden and recorded the last two outs of the sixth. The freshman went on to hold the Hawks hitless until allowing a one-out infield single in the bottom of the ninth as he picked up his first-career save.
"Charlie came in and threw strikes right away and had a great outing," said Kostacopoulos.
The Hawks' (9-28) starting pitcher James Smith gave up four runs (three earned) off five hits in two and one-third innings and took the loss.
Navy will host Delaware State tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Max Bishop Stadium.
Greg Dupell extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games...Dupell has at least one RBI in six of the last seven games.
Navy played error-free baseball for the 13th time this season on Tuesday.
The Mids are now 13-2 in games when they record at least one triple this season.