Army Beats Yale To Complete Three-Game Sweep

Chris Rowley

Chris Rowley

March 10, 2013

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TAMPA, Fla. - Chris Rowley fanned five batters over seven shutout innings, and Grant Van Orden went 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Army baseball team past Yale, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at the New York Yankees Spring Training Facility.

The Black Knights improve to 3-7 on the season after finishing off the three-game sweep of the Bulldogs (0-3). Army outscored Yale, 26-9, in winning each game by at least three runs.

After struggling in his first two starts of the year, Rowley (1-2) seemed to regain the form that made him a three-time All-American last spring. The senior right-hander scattered eight hits and did not walk a batter in his best outing of the young season.

Gunnar Carroll pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season. Connor Love went 1-for-4 with two RBI and Patrick Mescher finished with two hits to help pace the Black Knights (3-7) at the plate.

After three scoreless innings, Army got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as the Black Knights pushed across one run on two hits to establish a 1-0 lead. Mescher and Harold Earls hit consecutive singles to open the inning, and both runners moved into scoring position thanks to Jacob Page's sacrifice bunt. After Van Orden was intentionally walked to load the bases, Love drove in Mescher with an RBI ground out.

The Black Knights scored two runs in the sixth inning to extend their advantage to 3-0. Earls was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and he promptly stole second base. Page then reached on an error by the Yale shortstop, and Van Orden drove home Earls with an RBI ground out. Love followed with a single to center field to plate Page with the second run of the inning.

Army added another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Van Orden's RBI double. Page was hit by a pitch leading off the frame, stole second and scored on Van Orden's two-base hit.

Yale averted the shutout by scoring one run on two hits in the top of the ninth inning. Jacob Hunter singled to begin the frame, moved to third base on a pair of ground outs and scored when Nate Adams reached on an infield single.

Adams was 3-for-5 with an RBI to pace the Bulldogs' 11-hit attack. Hunter and Cale Hanson each collected two hits. Rob Cerfolio (0-1) took the loss for Yale after yielding three runs (one earned) on six hits over 5.1 innings of work.

Army returns to action on Tuesday, March 12, when the Black Knights travel to Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., to face Big Ten foe Indiana. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

Game Notes: Army moves to 55-34-1 all-time versus Yale ... the Bulldogs outhit the Black Knights, 11-7, in today's contest ... Chris Rowley moves into a tie for 10th place on Army's career wins list (17) ... Grant Van Orden's eighth-inning double was the first of his career ... Van Orden also authored his first career multiple-RBI game.

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