Mids Take to the Road for Games at Eastern Shore and Delaware State
|GAMES 17-18: NAVY (12-4) at EASTERN SHORE (1-13) | at DELAWARE STATE (2-13)|
|When||Wednesday, March 14, 3 PM | Thursday, March 15, 3 PM ||
|Location: Wednesday||Salisbury, Md. | Perdue Stadium | Ballpark Info|
|Location: Thursday||Dover, Del. | Soldier Field | Directions|
|Wednesday Probable Starting Pitchers||Navy: So. RHP Nicholas Elder (0-1, 3.00) | MDES: Fr. RHP Chris Levere (0-2, 7.36)|
|Thursday Probable Starting Pitchers||Navy: TBA | DSU: TBA|
|Live Stats||GameTracker (Wed.) | LiveStats (Thurs.)|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team will play back-to-back non-conference games this Wednesday and Thursday on the road at Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State. The first two games of a seven-game road trip, the Mids (12-4) will use Wednesday and Thursday’s games versus the Hawks (1-13) and Hornets (2-13) as final preparation for Patriot League conference play this coming Saturday and Sunday at Bucknell. Both games are set for 3:00 p.m. first pitches.
Of note, Wednesday’s game that Maryland Eastern Shore is hosting will be played at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., the home of the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Wednesday’s matchup between Navy and Maryland Eastern Shore will see a pair of right-handed pitchers take the mound. Sophomore Nicholas Elder will make the start for the Mids. The second-year pitcher from Roanoke, Va. has appeared in one game in 2018, a lengthy relief appearance on Feb. 25 at the Freedom Classic versus Air Force. Taking on the Falcons in an extra-inning contest, Elder came in during the 13th inning and hurled 3.0 innings of one-hit, one-run ball. He struck out two Falcon batters during his outing.
Eastern Shore is countering with freshman Chris Levere. A member of the Hawks’ starting rotation on four-game weekends, Levere has thrown in four contests and totaled 11.0 innings. Most recently the starter in the Eastern Shore-NJIT contest on Friday, March 9, Levere threw 4.0 innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits, while striking out three. For the year, he has a 7.36 ERA and eight strikeouts over 11.0 frames.
Thursday’s starting pitchers have yet to be announced for either Navy or Delaware State.
Navy vs. Maryland Eastern Shore
The Midshipmen are 31-5 all-time versus the Hawks in a series that dates back to 1995 … Navy is currently on a seven-game winning streak versus Maryland Eastern Shore.
Last 5 meetings (5-0) ...
March 8, 2018 at Annapolis, W, 16-1
April 12, 2017 at Princess Anne, W, 13-5
March 8, 2017 at Annapolis, W, 17-6
March 30, 2016 at Princess Anne, W, 16-4
March 9, 2016 at Annapolis, W, 11-2
Playing just last Thursday in Annapolis, the Mids jumped on the Hawks from the first inning with a six-run frame and rode a strong 7.0-inning start from freshman Tommy Goodridge to a 16-1 win. Over the course of the nine innings on Thursday, 11 different Midshipmen, including all nine starters, tallied hits off of Hawk pitching.
Making his second collegiate start, Goodridge opened Thursday’s game with 4.1 innings of perfect, no-hit baseball. Over the course of his 7.0-inning outing he allowed just three hits and a single run in the fifth. He walked zero Eastern Shore players and struck out four.
Offensively, six Mids had multiple hits with the trio of Jacob Williamson, Zach Biggers and Stephen Born all collecting two or more hits and two or more RBIs. Williamson went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while Biggers drove in three during his 2-for-3 day at the plate. Buoyed by a second-inning triple, Born went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.
Navy vs. Delaware State
The Midshipmen are 22-6-1 all-time versus the Hornets in a series that dates back to 1980. Navy is currently on a seven-game winning streak against Delaware State.
Last five meetings (5-0) …
March 22, 2018 at Dover, W, 18-0
March 16, 2017 at Annapolis, W, 3-2
April 13, 2016 at Dover, W, 16-4
March 2, 2016 at Annapolis, W, 20-4
April 15, 2015 at Dover, W, 15-7
In last year’s matchup in Dover, the Mids overwhelmed the Hornets right from the start and never looked back as their offense clicked to the tune of 18 runs and 27 hits, while its pitching staff was equally as impressive with just four hits allowed and no runs. On its way to an 18-0 win at Delaware State’s Soldier Field, Navy led by 10 runs after three innings and 18 after six.
Individually, Travis Blue, Zach Biggers and Stephen Born led Navy’s offense with 10 combined hits. Blue went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs before leaving in the sixth inning, while his double play mate up the middle, Biggers went 4-for-6 with two runs, a double and one RBI. Born recorded a team-high three RBIs on his 2-for-4 day at the plate.
On the mound, Trey Seabrooke made his first collegiate start and hurled four innings of two-hit, four-strikeout baseball. A pitch count on a predetermined staff day was the only thing that kept the young right-hander from going deeper into the contest.
Comparing the Teams
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.260||.304||.294|
Navy opens the 2018 Patriot League season this coming weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders at Bucknell. In a matchup of the top-two teams in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, the Mids will be out to avenge last season’s series lose in the league postseason tournament. The doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday are both set for 12 p.m. first pitches.