Baseball Closes Regular Season Schedule at Home on Wednesday
April 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team will play its final regular season game on Wednesday when it hosts George Washington at 4 p.m. at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. It will be the Mids' final tune-up prior to the Patriot League Tournament semifinal series, which begins May 11.
Midweek Quick Hitters
Navy enters Wednesday's game 11-1 in its last 12 games ... Over the span, Navy is hitting .306, which is .029 higher than its season average, and the pitching staff has an ERA of 2.42, which is 1.38 below its current season average.
Five of Navy's regular starters are hitting .326 or higher over the last 12 games, including: Greg Dupell (.404), Dave Milanes (.380), Robert Currie (.378), Kash Manzelli (.327) and Brandon Beans (.326).
With 18 doubles, Dupell is tied for the league lead and ranks 11th nationally ... He is the fifth player in Navy history to record at least 18 doubles in a season and the first to do so since Mark Zematis in 1999 ... Dupell needs three more doubles to tie the Navy single-season record, held by Steve Mauro.
Navy has committed just seven errors in its last 12 games, good for a fielding percentage of .984 over the span.
The Mids' 447 hits this season have eclipsed their total from 2012 and rank as the ninth most in program history ... The 447 total hits rank as the 36th most in the country and the team's 87 doubles are the 38th most in the nation.
Kash Manzelli ranks in the top five in the Patriot League in several categories, including: hits (61, second), batting average (.341, fourth), runs (34, fourth) and RBIs (30, t-fourth).
Dupell's 37 RBIs lead the Patriot League, while his 24 combined extra-base hits (18 doubles, three triples, three home runs) are also the most in the conference.
The Navy pitching staff has a conference-best 3.80 ERA and is holding opponents to a .254 batting average, also tops in the league ... Navy has led the Patriot League in both categories all season.
Currie and Milanes have both reached base safely in a team season-high 14 consecutive games.
Navy was tabbed an honorable mention Team of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com after going 5-0 last week.
About George Washington
The Colonials enter their game on Tuesday against George Mason with an overall record of 16-28 and 7-8 in the Atlantic 10 ... GW is hitting .240 as a team, led by Justin Albright's .288 average ... Owen Beightol is the team leader in RBIs with 22 ... The Colonials have a team ERA of 4.53 and opponents are hitting .284 against the staff ... GW is active on the bases with 71 steals in 103 attempts ... Navy and George Washington have two common opponents in Maryland-Eastern Shore and Towson; the Colonials went 1-1 in a pair of games against both teams, while Navy went undefeated against the two.
Wednesday will be Dollar Dogs at Bishop Stadium with $1 hot dogs all game.
Navy will be off this weekend for final exams, but will return to action on May 11 when it hosts Army in the best-of-three Patriot League Tournament semifinal series.