Feb. 22, 2014
Army 14, UMass 0
CARY, N.C. - Army scored runs in each of the first four innings and benefitted from strong starting pitching from Nick Dignacco in a 14-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at the USA Baseball Complex.
The Black Knights racked up 12 hits and improved to 2-2.
Dignacco earned his second win of the season and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the fifth. That was the only hit he allowed. He struck out six and walked one in his six innings of work.
Brian Hapeman finished up and did not allow a hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.
Jon Crucitti, Harold Earls, Alex Jensen and Ben Smith each had two hits to pace the Army offense. Jensen scored three times while Crucitti, Mark McCants, Cortes and Smith all scored twice. Crucitti knocked in three runs while Jacob Page and Smith each had a pair of RBI.
Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead in its first at bat. Crucitti was hit by a pitch and stole second. Earls followed with a walk and both runners moved up on Patrick Mescher's bunt. Crucitti beat the throw to third to load the bases. McCants then flew out to left to plate Crucitti.
The Black Knights plated three more runs in the top of the second. Jensen led off the inning with a single and Cortes walked. Smith also drew a walk to load the bases. Grant Van Orden collected the third walk of the inning to plate Jensen. Crucitti beat out an infield single that scored Cortes Earls ripped a sacrifice fly to left and scored Smith for a 4-0 Army lead.
Army continued its strong start in the third. McCants walked to open the frame and one out later took third when Jensen hustled out a double. Cortes ripped an RBI single and Smith did the same to increase the Army lead to 6-0.
The Black Knights scored in their fourth consecutive inning. With one out, Earls singled and took third on an errant pickoff attempt. Mescher then delivered a single to up the Army advantage to 7-0.
Page extended the Army lead to 9-0, drilling a two-run triple to the wall in centerfield. Army's first triple of season scored Mescher who was hit by a pitch and McCants who walked.
Army tacked on five more runs in its final at bat in the top of the ninth. Jensen was hit by a pitch and Cortes singled. Smith delivered a run-scoring single. Van Orden was hit by a pitch and Crucitti singled up the middle scoring two more runs. After Earls singled, Brick Davidson grounded out to force in a run. Johnny Griffith, in his first collegiate at-bat, flied out to plate another run and make it a 14-0 contest.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its gray jerseys with gray pants ... Lt. Col. James Osuna, the Inspector General at West Point, served as the Officer Representative ... Army has seven players on its roster from North Carolina ... The USA Baseball Complex is where Nick Hill, Class of 2007, worked out when he was a member of the USA Baseball squad .. Steve Reich trained in Tennessee before the complex moved to Cary, N.C. ... Army right fielder Jon Crucitti received a standing ovation for a diving catch in the bottom of the second inning ... Army now leads the series with UMass 6-3.