Navy to Host Susquehanna Univ. in Regular Season Finale
|GAME 52: NAVY (36-15) vs. SUSQUEHANNA (22-16)|
|When||Sunday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium | Directions|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team will conclude its regular season on Sunday with a single non-conference game against Susquehanna University at 1:30 p.m. The matchup at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium will be the first-ever between the two institutions. The Mids (36-15) and Riverhawks (22-16) will both use Sunday’s contest as a preparation for their upcoming respective conference tournaments. Navy begins Patriot League semifinal action at home on Saturday, May 13 as the number one seed versus number four Bucknell. On the other side of the docket, Susquehanna will begin Landmark Conference postseason play next weekend. The Riverhawks went 12-6 in league action and currently rank second.
Navy is scheduled to send an assortment of pitchers to the mound on Sunday in hopes of getting everyone a few innings to keep a regular schedule in advance of next weekend’s semifinal matchup.
A win on Sunday would tie Navy’s 2015 team for the second-most victories in a single-season.
Navy in the News this Week
A quartet of Midshipmen have garnered attention this week as the accolades began on Tuesday when SS Travis Blue was named the NAAA Athlete of the Week and RHP Kyle Condry was noted on the Patriot League Honor Roll as a runner-up for the league’s Pitcher of the Week award.
On Wednesday, C Adrian Chinnery was announced as one of 10 baseball finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The national award is currently holding a fan vote that will count for 1/3 of the total votes in the final tabulation. The remaining 2/3 will be determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. Be sure to check out the ballot and vote here.
The final Midshipman in the news is OF Stephen Born, who was one of 12 DI players in the District II region to be named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District Team on Thursday. The junior outfielder is hitting .290 with 16 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs, while posting a 3.77 GPA as an operations research major at the Naval Academy.
Comparing the Teams
|Opp. Batting Avg.||.266||.287|
|Batting Average||T. Blue - .356||C. Fallon - .368|
|Runs Scored||L. Knowles - 54||Z. Leone - 31|
|Hits||T. Blue - 72||C. Fallon - 49|
|Extra-Base Hits||T. Blue - 23||C. Fallon - 24|
|RBI||L. Saile - 58||C. Fallon - 36|
|Stolen Bases||L. Knowles - 16||C. Ott - 8|
|ERA (Starter)||K. Condry - 2.95||B. Grigas - 2.32|
|ERA (Reliever)||J. Meenach - 1.74||A. Pinto - 1.15|
|Wins||Condry / Song - 6||B. Grigas - 5|
|Strikeouts||N. Song - 78||B. Grigas - 63|
What to Watch For
1B Christian Hodge and SS Travis Blue have led Navy’s offense over the past 10 games with respective .389 (14-36) batting averages. Hodge has turned in a team-high .450 on-base percentage to go along with seven runs scored and four RBIs, while Blue has been on base at a .439 clip with four doubles, a homer, nine runs scored and nine RBIs … On the mound, RHP Kyle Condry has led the starting rotation with a 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA with three runs allowed over 13.0 innings. From the bullpen, RHP Sean Kamhoot (0.00 ERA, 5.2 IP, 6 K), LHP Brian Wikoff (2.08 ERA, 8.2 IP, 5 K) and Jett Meenach (2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 2 K) have guided the Mids’ effort.
Navy is 29-4 in games that its offense scores six or more runs and vice versa the Mids are 21-2 when allowing three or less.
In the single-season record hunt: Navy is 13 runs shy of the all-time record of 375 (2016) … three home runs away from the record of 38 (2008) … four doubles away from the record of 105 (2008) … 18 hits out of third place (541) … 13 pitching strikeouts out of sixth place (364).
Individually, OF Logan Knowles is four runs scored from the all-time record of 58 (Michael Speciale, 2008), while SS Travis Blue is four behind Knowles and currently in seventh place with 50 runs scored … Blue’s 72 hits ranked eighth overall, 10 out of third place; his 16 doubles are ninth overall, two out of a seven-way tie for second place … OF Leland Saile’s nine home runs are fourth-most in a season and three away from the all-time mark of 12 (Marcus Lee, 1993); Saile’s 58 RBIs are two away from the number one record of 60 (Marcus Lee, 1993) … Jett Meenach’s 24 appearances are tied for fifth all-time and three away from the top spot of 27 (Joe Koessler, 2004) … Noah Song’s 78 strikeouts are five away from breaking into the top-10.