ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team defeated Lafayette in a doubleheader on Sunday, winning game one, 1-0, and then game two, 7-2, at Max Bishop Stadium. With game one scoreless after seven innings, the Mids and Leopards played extra innings for the third consecutive game. Craig Veech's two-out RBI single gave Navy a 1-0 walk-off win. With the two wins, Navy improved to 23-20 overall, and at 9-7 in the conference, Navy currently sits in third place with four games to play.
Navy game-one starting pitcher Anthony Parenti threw a career-high 8.1 innings. His eight strikeouts were one shy of his career high and he faced the minimum in the second, third and seventh innings.
"That was Tony's best performance since he has been here," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Obviously we needed it because we were only able to get the one run. He was definitely the story in the first game."
Parenti's Lafayette counterpart, Mitch Leeds, held Navy without a hit until a two-out single by Kash Manzelli in the bottom of the sixth. Despite being held without a hit through 5.2 innings, the Mids' best chance to score came in the bottom of the third when they loaded the bases on a wild pitch and two walks, but came away empty.
Ari Kaufman took over for Leeds to start the ninth and the Mids' first hitter, Greg Dupell, bounced a single that got through the middle to put the winning run on base. David Wiedeman then moved Dupell into scoring position with a well-placed sacrifice bunt to first base. After Kaufman got Connor Deneen to pop out, Veech stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he got up the middle. The ball bounced to center field, giving Dupell ample time to score from second base and he slid in safely to give Navy a 1-0 win.
After Parenti gave up a one-out single in the top of the ninth, Brad Borosak replaced him and got an inning-ending double play. Borosak earned the win in relief - the first of his career.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning of game two, Navy scraped together a pair of runs on an error and then RBI groundout by Robert Currie to take a 2-1 lead. Another RBI groundout by Currie in the fourth made it 3-1 Navy.
Consecutive doubles helped Lafayette (7-34, 4-12) make it a one-run game in the top of the sixth, but Navy didn't let the Leopards get any closer as it scored four in the bottom of the seventh. A bases-loaded, two-RBI single by Dupell made it 5-2 and Manzelli followed with a sacrifice fly. Wiedeman's RBI single gave Navy a five-run cushion.
Game-two starter Luke Gillingham worked seven-complete innings for the second consecutive weekend in earning his third win of the season. Gillingham allowed eight hits and struck out three.
"Luke threw very well. He commanded three pitches well and worked out of some trouble," said Kostacopoulos. "He did everything that we asked."
Lafayette's Toby Schwartz surrendered seven runs (six earned) off 10 hits in 6.1 innings, falling to 1-7 on the year.
Sam Sorenson finished the game with two-innings of scoreless relief.
Navy played well defensively on Sunday, not committing an error in either game.
"I thought this was one our better defensive days that we've had this season," said Kostacopoulos. "We made the routine plays and we had a couple above-average plays to get us out of some innings."
The Mids will travel to Dover, Del., on Wednesday to take on Delaware State.