Navy Baseball Welcomes Cornell for Three-Game Series
|GAMES 8-10: NAVY (2-5) vs. CORNELL (0-0)|
|When||Saturday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. [DH] | Sunday, March 5, 12:00 p.m.|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium | Directions|
|Gm 1 Probable Starting Pitchers||Navy: So. RHP Noah Song (1-0, 1.38) | Cornell: Sr. RHP Tim Willittes|
|Gm 2 Probable Starting Pitchers||Navy: Sr. RHP Kyle Condry (0-0, 10.80) | Cornell: Jr. Justin Lewis|
|Gm 3 Probable Starting Pitchers||Navy: Sr. RHP George Coughlin (0-0, 3.95) | Cornell: Sr. RHP Paul Balestrieri|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team will welcome an old Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League rival in Cornell down to Annapolis this weekend for a three-game series at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. Beginning on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., the teams will play a doubleheader on the first day before closing the series on Sunday with a single non-conference tilt. The Mids coming into the weekend with a 2-5 record, while the Big Red will be seeing their first action of the 2017 season.
The two storied programs whose rivalry dates back to 1902 last met in early 2014 in Annapolis. During the weekend of March 1-2, Cornell took the three-game series by a 2-1 margin with victories in the final two games of the set. Navy won game one on Saturday, 4-2 before Cornell was victorious in game two, 3-2. In the rubber match of the series on Sunday, Cornell won 4-2 in 11 innings.
Robert Currie (’16) paced the offense with a team-high four hits off of Big Red pitching, while Stephen Moore (’15) hurled eight innings of two-run ball in the second game of the series. Amongst players currently on Navy’s 2017 roster SS Travis Blue (3-11, 2 RBI), RF Leland Saile (0-3), C Adrian Chinnery (0-1) and RHP George Coughlin (0-1, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K) appeared in the series versus Cornell.
The Past Week
Navy has participated in four games over the past seven days with a three-game in Kinston, N.C. versus Air Force as the centerpiece of the stretch. On the strength of a stellar showing on the mound by Noah Song and the team’s most productive offensive game of the young season, Navy cruised to an 11-3 win over Air Force in game one of the Freedom Classic series on Friday. The Mids dropped a 19-8 decision on Saturday before battling with their service academy rivals for 10 innings on Sunday. The Falcons escaped with the 3-2 walk-off win in that final game. On Tuesday in the team’s home opener, Navy was felled by Georgetown, 11-3. An early 5-0 deficit was too much for the Mids to overcome versus the Hoyas as the team mustered six hits amongst the top-four hitters in its lineup, but just one over its final five.
Statistical leaders for the week include, LF Stephen Born (6-10, 5 R, HR, 2 RBI), RF Leland Saile (7-17, 2 R, 2 XBH, 6 RBI) and CF Logan Knowles (7-19, 5 R, 3 XBH, 1 RBI). On the mound, RHP Noah Song (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 13 K), RHP George Coughlin (9.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 7 K) and RHP Andrew Sauer (4.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K) led Navy’s effort.
As a team, Navy hit .273 with 11 extra-base hits (6-2B, 2-3B, 3-HR) and 24 runs scored over the four games. The Mids’ pitching staff posted a 5.94 ERA and .323 opponents’ batting average with 33 strikeouts over 36.1 innings.
Navy vs. Cornell
The Midshipmen are 48-30 all-time versus the Big Red. Navy is currently on a two-game losing streak against Cornell.
Last 10 meetings (5-5) …
3/2/14 at Annapolis, Md., L, 4-2 (11)
3/1/14 at Annapolis, Md., L, 3-2
3/1/14 at Annapolis, Md., W, 4-2
2/28/09 at Annapolis, Md., L, 5-4
2/28/09 at Annapolis, Md., L, 7-0
1992 at Annapolis, Md., L, 9-1
1992 at Annapolis, Md., W, 11-2
1991 at Ithaca, N.Y., W, 1-0
1991 at Ithaca, N.Y., W, 8-3
1990 at Annapolis, Md., W, 3-1
Comparing the Teams
(Cornell stats are from 2016)
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.312||.296|
Navy in the National Rankings
Hit by Pitch – 15th (14)
Walks Allowed/9 Innings – 73rd (3.30)
Triples – 79th (2)
Home Runs – 87th (6)
On-Base Percentage – 96th (.376)
Base on Balls – 99th (34)
On-Base Percentage – 30th (.586)
Batting Average – 86th (.450)
Home Runs/Game – 88th (.333)
Runs Batted In/Game - 66th (1.43)
Strikeouts – 29th (18)
Strikeouts/9 – 93rd (12.46)
Hit by Pitch – 12th (5)
On-Base Percentage – 80th (.550)