March 7, 2014
Army 4, Wagner 0
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Nick Dignacco threw six shutout innings and four different players knocked in runs as Army beat Wagner, 4-0, Friday in a non-conference game at MCU Park.
Army collected seven hits and improved to 6-4, winning a game originally scheduled to be played at West Point.
Harold Earls had two hits and knocked in two runs and Jon Crucitti and Brock Davidson also plated runs to help Army win its second consecutive game.
Dignacco threw six innings. He allowed five hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter while improving to 3-0. Brian Hapeman entered in the seventh and completed the shutout. Hapeman walked one and struck out one.
Army had runners on in the first. With one out, Earls singled and Jacob Page was hit by a pitch. Two ground outs ended the inning though.
The Black Knights broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark McCants led off with a double and took third when Page sacrifice bunted. Davidson grounded out to first to plate McCants for a 1-0 Army lead.
Dignacco preserved the advantage, with some timely defense. A one-out triple in the sixth didn't result in a run after a ground out and then a strikeout to end the frame.
Army closed the scoring in the seventh. With two outs, Ben Smith drew a walk and Kris Lindner collected his first collegiate hit, a single. Crucitti blasted a single to score Smith. Earls drilled a triple to the gap and Lindner and Crucitti scored and gave Army a 4-0 advantage.
Hapeman then closed it out with three innings of scoreless relief.
Army and Wagner will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at MCU Park.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its white pinstripe uniforms ... MCU Park is the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets ... Major David Meltzer served as the Officer Representative ... Left fielder Brock Davidson made his first start of the season ... Kris Lindner made his first collegiate appearance for Army. He entered in the fifth at second base. He singled in the seventh for his first hit.