Baseball Uses Four-Run Seventh Inning to Defeat Delaware State, 7-2
April 24, 2013
DOVER, Del. - The Navy baseball team broke a 2-2 tie with four-run seventh inning and went on to defeat Delaware State, 7-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Soldier Field in Dover, Del. The Mids also took advantage of five DSU errors as they picked up their 24th victory of the season, including their second over the Hornets. Delaware State is now 27-12 on the year.
Navy used four pitchers in the win, including Johnny Schoberl, who came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and tossed two-complete scoreless innings to earn the win. The pitching staff combined to hold the Hornets to just four hits.
"All the guys did a great job out of the bullpen," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We also played pretty good defense and we were opportunistic on offense. That seventh inning really was the game today."
With the game tied, 2-2, in the top of the seventh, a hit batter, error on a fielder's choice and a walk to Robert Currie loaded the bases for Navy with one out. Brandon Beans drove in the first run with an RBI single. Navy then made it 4-2 when catcher Eddie Sorondo's throw to cut down a stealing Beans sailed high, allowing Drew Hayes to score from third base. Dave Milanes then reached on a throwing error by shortstop Cameron Onderko, allowing Beans to come home. Greg Dupell made it 6-2 with an RBI single.
Kash Manzelli's RBI single in the ninth gave Navy a 7-2 advantage.
Sam Sorenson took over for Schoberl in the eighth and got the final five outs of the game to secure the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, Navy tied the game on an error by second baseman J.P. Frey. Beans reached on a single, but took second base on Frey's wild throw, which also allowed Hayes to score from third.
A walk and two hit batters to start the bottom of the third put the Hornets in position to have a big inning. But reliever Andrew Bartek entered the game and was able to limit the damage. After he hit the first batter he faced to load the bases, the freshman settled down and retired the next three hitters. Just one run scored on a groundout to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.
A leadoff double by Dave Milanes helped the Mids tie the game at two in the top of the sixth. After a wild pitch moved him over to third, Greg Dupell drove him in with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.
Bartek retired 10 of the 13 batters he faced and left after a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth. Schoberl took over and after giving up a single, he retired the next two batters to get out of the inning with the score tied.
"Andrew did a great job. To come into the game in that situation and only give up only one run is pretty good," said Kostacopoulos.
For the Navy pitching staff, it marked the fourth time in the last 11 games the Mids have held an opponent to just four hits.
Manzelli and Milanes each picked up a hit, extending their season-high hitting streaks to nine games.
DSU's Bobby Brown pitched 1.1 innings in relief and took the loss to fall to 1-2.
Navy will play its final Patriot League regular-season series this weekend when it travels to Lehigh.