Baseball Meets Towson in Midweek Action
April 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After wrapping up its four-game series at Army on Monday, the Navy baseball team will return to the diamond on Wednesday when it hits the road to take on Towson at 3 p.m. at Schuerholz Park.
Midweek Quick Hitters
Navy is 9-2 over its last 11 games, including a five-game winning streak from March 24-April 1, which was its longest since winning the first-five games of the 2010 season ... Over the 11-game stretch, Navy is hitting .303 and the pitching staff is holding opponents to a .252 average.
In taking three of four games from Army, Navy hit .319 at the plate - its best batting average over a four-game series since hitting .322 vs. Lafayette last season ... Navy also posted a .450 on-base percentage in the series, helped by 16 hit batters and 17 walks.
When NCAA statistics were released Monday morning, prior to Navy's final two games at Army, the pitching staff ranked 41st in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with an average of 8.0 ... The pitching staff is also currently 54th in walks allowed per nine innings with an average of 3.04.
Senior third baseman Chris Campbell has been hit by a total of nine pitches this season, including five in the series with Army ... Entering Monday's doubleheader, his then eight hit-by-pitches ranked 42nd in the nation.
Despite not pitching last weekend, Ben Nelson still ranks in the top-40 nationally in several categories, including: strikeout-to-walk ratio (sixth, 11.25), walks allowed per nine innings (18th, 0.86), wins (28th, five) and ERA (36th, 1.30).
Navy is 30-of-35 in stolen base attempts this season, including 16-of-16 in its last 11 games.
Kash Manzelli and Greg Dupell led Navy at the plate in its five game last week as the duo combined for 20 hits and 15 RBIs ... Manzelli hit .588 (10-for-17) with six RBIs and posted an on-base percentage of .667 ... Dupell had a batting average of .455 (10-for-22) with a pair of home runs and nine RBIs.
With two home runs last week, Dupell now has a career total of 15, which ranks in a tie for sixth on Navy's all-time list ... His 39-career doubles rank him in a tie for seventh in program history.
With two appearances against Army, Joel Rinehart is now the Navy leader in career appearances with 69.
The Tigers enter Tuesday's game at Delaware State at 13-13 on the season and stand in fifth place in the Colonial Athletic Association ... As a team, Towson is hitting .269 and Dominic Fratantuono leads all Tigers with a .369 batting average and 29 RBIs ... Andrew Parker is the team leader in extra-base hits with 11 doubles and five home runs ... The Tigers are active on the bases, swiping 35 bags in 57 attempts ... Towson's pitching staff owns a 4.19 ERA with opponents hitting .300 ... Collectively, the Tigers' staff has 157 strikeouts and 91 walks ... Towson has been strong defensively this season, currently sporting a .977 fielding percentage which ranks ninth in the nation.
Navy will host Bucknell at Max Bishop Stadium this weekend with doubleheaders beginning at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.