Baseball Begins 2014 Season on Saturday at Florida A&M
Sophomore Luke Gillingham is slated to start for Navy on Sunday
Feb. 14, 2014
Navy Opens 2014 at Florida A&M
The Navy baseball team will begin its 2014 campaign this weekend with a three-game set at Florida A&M. The teams were scheduled to play single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but Winter Storm Pax cancelled the team's flight out of Baltimore and forced an altered schedule. The teams will now play a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Moore-Kittles Field.
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Navy vs. Florida A&M
The Midshipmen are 5-1 all-time versus the Rattlers.
Navy is currently on a one-game winning streak versus Florida A&M.
All-time series ...
2/11/07 at Florida A&M, W, 5-1
2/10/07 at Florida A&M, L, 6-5
2/9/07 at Florida A&M, W, 12-3
2/12/06 at Florida A&M, W, 4-3
2/12/06 at Florida A&M, W, 7-3
2/11/06 at Florida A&M, W, 7-2
Mids & Rattlers, Last Meeting
On Feb. 11, 2007 in Tallahassee, Navy defeated Florida A&M by a score of 5-1. Behind seven shutout innings thrown by RHP Matt White, the Mids were victorious. The sophomore starting pitcher held the hosts to just two hits and struck out six. Offensively, RF Mitch Harris broke the game open for Navy with a three-run home run in the fifth inning putting the Mids up 4-0. Navy outhit FAMU 9-3 for the game.
Navy versus the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
The Mids have an all-time record of 62-17-2 versus current members of the MEAC: 14-6-1 vs. Coppin State, 14-5-1 vs. Delaware State, 5-1 vs. Florida A&M, 23-2 vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 2-1 vs. Norfolk State, 2-1 vs. North Carolina A&T, 1-0 vs. North Carolina Central and 1-1 vs. Savannah State.
All-Time Record in Season Openers
Navy has won seven of its last nine season-opening games and is 68-48-2 all-time on Opening Day. The Mids are 11-22 in season openers on the road, but have won six of their last eight.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
Navy was picked atop the Patriot League preseason poll, released on Feb. 6. The Mids and Black Knights of Army shared the top spot as each received 42 points. Army received five first-place votes and Navy three. Holy Cross received 35 points to take third place, followed by Bucknell at 31, Lehigh at 17 and Lafayette with 13. Holy Cross and Bucknell each eceived two first-place votes.
The Patriot League also announced a Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Senior 1B Kash Manzellli and junior Stephen Moore both earned a spot on the team, which was selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information contacts. Moore also took top honors as the league's Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
The Midshipmen graduated a significant portion of its offense from the 2013 season as only four full-time starters return to the lineup. On the pitching-side of the ball, Navy will trot out three of its four starting pitchers that saw regular action in the Patriot League weekend rotation, last season. Of note, `13 graduate SP Ben Nelson led the staff in wins with five, though he suffered an injury during the first half of the season, re-arranging the rotation later in the year.
Wins: 15-of-28 (53.5%) Starts: 32-of-51 (62.7%) Innings Pitched: 264.1-of-435.1 (60.7%)
Strikeouts: 217-of-346 (62.7%)
Runs: 148-of-271 (54.6%) Hits: 237-of-469 (50.5%) RBI: 108-of-240 (45.0%)
Extra-base Hits: 48-of-112 (42.9%)
Total Chances: 1191-of-1885 (63.7%)
Manzelli is Navy's Current Iron Man
Manzelli appeared in and started all 51 of Navy's games at first base in 2013. He was one of only three Mids to do this. He leads the team with 68 consecutive starts dating back to 2012.
Sophomore OF Robert Currie did his job as a table-setter for the Mids down the stretch in 2013 as the leadoff/No. 2 hitter, as he reached base in 17 straight games to conclude the season. Beginning April 13 in Game 1 at Holy Cross, Currie had his streak extended 13 times by hits and two by walks and hit by pitches, respectively.
Senior Service Selections
Navy's four seniors received their service assignments in late November. One will be commissioned as a Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant, Brandon Beans (Marine Corps Ground), while the rest of the class will be commissioned as Ensigns in the Navy, including: Matt Kilby (Submarine - Nuclear), Kash Manzelli (Naval Intelligence) and David Norman (Surface Warfare).
Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.
Navy's 2014 schedule will see the team take on opponents from nine non-Patriot League conferences.