April 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Delaware State used a three-run first inning and solid pitching en route to a 4-1 win over the Navy baseball team on Wednesday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. A total of four Hornet pitchers held Navy to five hits, including just two past the second inning, as Delaware State improved to 22-14-1 on the year. Navy dropped to 16-23.
"We struggled at the plate today and you have to have more offense than five hits," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Stephen Geiss was able to settle down after the first inning and the bullpen did its job, but you're not going to win many games with five hits."
Facing Geiss, Navy's starting pitcher, Delaware State got out to a fast start with four consecutive singles in the first inning. While the first hitter, Troy Drummond, was thrown out trying to steal second base, Scott Davis, Cameron Cecil and Ryan Haas all followed with base knocks to load the bases. A walk to Eddie Sorondo then brought in the first run.
A wild pitch plated another run for the Hornets and Aaron Nardone followed with the only RBI hit of the inning as an infield single gave DSU a 3-0 lead.
Greg Dupell responded for the Midshipmen in the bottom of the first with an RBI single. After a triple by Nikolai Simonsen, Dupell then hit an RBI single through the middle to make the score 3-1.
Dupell's single extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games.
After giving up two hits in the first inning, Delaware State starting pitcher Ryan Haas settled in and allowed just two more before exiting the game after the sixth inning. From the second inning on, Haas never allowed the Mids to get a runner past second base and finished the game with five walks and three strikeouts in improving to 2-1 on the year.
Bobby Brown, Derek Marshalsea and Chad Sturgeon combined to pitch the final three innings and didn't let the Mids find an opening to get back in the game. Chance Jones'
two-out double to left field in the eighth was the only Navy hit over the last three innings.
Sturgeon earned his sixth save by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Hornets added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Nardone hit a one-out solo home run over the wall in right field.
After the three-run, five-hit first inning, Geiss faced just two over the minimum over the next four innings. He finished with four strikeouts in five complete innings as he suffered his first loss of the season.
Ben Nelson, Jake Coffey and Stephen Moore combined to pitch the final four innings and allowed a total of just two hits.
Navy will be back in action this weekend when it travels to Lafayette. The two teams will play doubleheaders at noon on Saturday and Sunday.