Feb. 23, 2014
Army 7, UMass 3
CARY, N.C. - Harold Earls hit a three-run double and freshman Carson Meadows collected his first win to help Army sweep a three-game series with the University of Massachusetts with a 7-3 victory, Sunday at the USA Baseball Complex.
Earls broke open a close game with his double and Army won its third straight and improved to 4-2.
Army collected nine hits against four UMass pitchers and followed up 14-0 and 4-3 wins on Saturday.
Jacob Page and Grant Van Orden each had two hits for Army and seven different players scored runs.
For the third straight game, Army scored first, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the second. Page opened the frame with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Jensen. Patrick Mescher grounded into a fielders' choice and Page beat the throw to third. Daniel Cortes delivered a run-scoring single to plate Page. Ben Smith hit into a fielder's choice that moved Mescher to third. Smith tried to steal second and Mescher scored when the throw sailed into center field. Van Orden then laced a double to give Army a 3-0 lead after Smith crossed home.
Starting pitcher Gunnar Carroll relied on his defense and the Black Knights turned double plays in the second, third and fourth innings to keep the advantage.
Army had two runners on in the fifth but a fly-out, throw-out double play ended the top of the fifth inning.
UMass knotted the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. A two-run double by Mike Geannelis ended Carroll's afternoon after five-plus innings. Adam Picard hit a sacrifice fly against Davis Marlar to bring in the tying run.
The Black Knights answered with four runs in their next at bat, in the top of the seventh inning. Brock Davidson led off the inning with a double and went to third on a Ben Smith punt. Van Orden and Jon Crucitti were hit by pitches to load the bases. Earls followed with his bases-clearing double to left-center field. One out later, Page singled to plate Earls and give Army a 7-3 lead.
Carson Meadows entered to pitch for Army in the bottom of the seventh and struck out the first three hitters he faced. He allowed a single to start the eighth but a double play and strikeout ended the threat.
Meadows finished the game and earned his first collegiate win with his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game,
Army will return to North Carolina next weekend for four games in Buies Creek, N.C. Army will play Towson at 1 p.m. and host Campbell on 4 p.m. on Friday. Saturday, Army plays Campbell at 3 p.m. and then closes play Sunday against Towson at 11 a.m.
GAME NOTES: Army wore black tops and gray bottoms, with black hats ... Army now leads the series with UMass 8-3 ... Army and UMass will play another three-game series in Tampa, Fla., March 15-16.