Baseball Hosts Lehigh in First of Final Two Patriot League Series
Luke Gillingham hurled a complete game with 12 strikeouts last year at Lehigh
April 18, 2014
Navy Hosts Lehigh in First of Final Two Patriot League Series
After splitting its prior two Patriot League series with Holy Cross and Lafayette, the Navy baseball team will look to improve its current standing in the hunt for one of the league's four postseason berths this weekend with a four-game home set against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks ... The Mids currently sit in fourth place, nominally ahead of Lafayette and Holy Cross, who have played two less games ... Navy and Lehigh are one of three Patriot League matchups this weekend that feature a team from the top half of the standing on the road at a program from the bottom three ... The Mids will look to keep its streak of recent success versus the Mountain Hawks going, as they have won six straight contests and eight of 10 ... Last season in Bethlehem, Navy swept Lehigh and outscored its opposition, 27-11 ... This weekend's series will feature the Patriot League's number one hitting team in Lehigh (.282 BA) matching up with the league's second-best pitching staff in Navy (3.57 ERA) ... On the flip side of that equation, Lehigh has the fifth-ranked staff in terms of ERA (4.53), while Navy has the number five team batting average in the league (.254).
Navy vs. Lehigh
The Midshipmen are 67-36 all-time versus the Mountain Hawks. Navy is currently on a six-game winning streak against Lehigh.
Last 10 meetings (8-2)...
4/28/13 at Bethlehem, W, 12-5
4/28/13 at Bethlehem, W, 4-2
4/27/13 at Bethlehem, W, 6-1
4/27/13 at Bethlehem, W, 5-3
4/29/12 at Annapolis, W, 2-1
4/29/12 at Annapolis, W, 5-1
4/28/12 at Annapolis, L, 3-2
4/28/12 at Annapolis, L, 4-1
4/3/11 at Bethlehem, W, 12-2
4/3/11 at Bethlehem, W, 9-4
|Overall Record||18-22 (4-8 PL)||18-15 (7-4 PL)|
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.249||.286|
Mids & Mountain Hawks Last Series
During the weekend of April 27-28, 2013, the Mids and Mountain Hawks faced off in Bethlehem in a four-game set ... Navy swept the series with a pair of two-run victories in Game One (5-3) and Game Three (4-2) and a pair of larger wins in Games Two (6-1) and Four (12-5) ... Overall, the Mids outscored the Mountain Hawks, 27-11, outhit them .288 to .248 ... On the mound, the staff posted a 3.09 ERA that bested Lehigh's 6.75, while striking out 26 batters over 32 innings.
Offensively, Drew Hayes (.500, 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI), Robert Currie (.357, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Kash Manzelli (.294, 3 R, 1 RBI) were highlights amongst this year's returning Mids.
The Mids completed the 32.0 innings by using just six pitchers ... Complete games by Luke Gillingham (9.0 IP, 1 R, 12 K in G2) and Anthony Parenti (7.0 IP, 2 R, 7 K in G3) led the way ... Stephen Moore won his start in Game 1 of the series by going 5.0 innings with four strikeouts and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk ... Gillingham's 12 strikeouts were a then career-high until earlier in the 2014 season versus Holy Cross.
Not Going Down Without A Fight
Since getting swept 0-4 at Bucknell and scoring four total runs, Navy's offense
has seemingly put the team's push of a postseason bid squarely on its back ...
In the 12 games following the series with the Bison, the Mids have hit .279 and
averaged 5.6 runs of offense per game ... The team has garnered four Patriot
League wins in eight games during that span and finds itself in position for the
fourth and final postseason berth.
Individual leaders during this span, include ...
Sr. 1B Kash Manzelli - .413 BA, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .674 SLG %
Sr. DH David Norman - .459 BA, 6 R, 3 2B, 7 RBI, .541 SLG %, .524 OBP
Fr. SS Travis Blue - .310 BA, 10 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBI, .400 OBP, .981 FLDG
Fr. C Adrian Chinnery - .273 BA, 3 R, 4 RBI, .360 OBP, 5 Runners CS
So. CF Robert Currie - .261 BA, 11 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .375 OBP, 7-8 SB
* Currie, Blue, Manzelli and Norman have all hit 1-2-3-4 over the last six games.*
Jr. LHP Anthony Parenti is 7-2 for the Mids over his first nine starts to stand in a tie for 10th in the nation in total victories. (ECU's Ryan Williams has nine relief wins to lead the nation) ... He's also in 11th place with a 1.01 ERA ... The combination of winning games, posting a minuscule ERA and eating innings has Parenti amongst the nation's best hurlers ...
Lowest ERA (Min. 55.0 Innings Pitched)
1. Michael Murray - Fla. Gulf Coast 0.66 ERA 68.2 IP 8-0
2. Andrew Morales - UC Irvine 0.67 ERA 67.0 IP 7-0
3. Nathan Thornhill - Texas 0.78 ERA 58.0 IP 6-2
4. Aaron Nola - LSU 0.88 ERA 71.2 IP 7-1
5. Chase Mallard - UAB 0.95 ERA 66.0 IP 6-0
6. Blake Fox - Rice 1.00 ERA 63.0 IP 8-0
7. Anthony Parenti - Navy 1.01 ERA 62.2 IP 7-2
Besides showcasing an astute batting eye over the first 40 games of the season, Robert Currie has also given Navy a top-notch speed option ... In the most recent NCAA rankings (April 17), Currie is the only player in Division 1 baseball to have 16 or more stolen bases and 5 or more triples ... He ranks 9th overall with 20 steals and 11th with five triples.