March 16, 2014
Army 7, UMass 4
TAMPA, Fla. - Army collected double-digit hits for the seventh time this season and swept a weekend series against the University of Massachusetts for the second time with a 7-4 victory, Sunday at the New York Yankees Complex.
Army swept three games from UMass earlier this season in Cary, N.C., and did the same again this weekend. Army won both games on Saturday and improved to 6-0 against the Minutemen this year.
The Black Knights, now 3-0 on their spring trip to Florida, improved to 10-5.
"We really did a much better job offensively," said Army interim head coach Matt Reid. "We were hitting aggressively but patiently. We were seeing the ball up in the zone and squaring it up. We hit a lot of line drives and some good hard ground balls got through."
Mark McCants recorded three hits and knocked in three runs and Ben Smith and Harold Earls registered two hits as Army posted 10 hits in the victory.
Army starting pitcher Gunnar Carroll improved to 3-0 on the season by throwing 6.2 innings. He scattered eights, allowed just a single run in the first and struck out three. He did not walk a batter.
Brock Davidson relieved Carroll and fired 1.1 innings before Justin French finished up. Davidson struck out one and French allowed three runs in the ninth.
"We have taken steps forward in every game," said Reid. "We won a 10-inning game and came out and played well in the second game on Saturday. Today, we were able to come out and sweep the series. We got up and added to the lead which was great to see. Against a team like UMass, they can always come back and you saw that. They brought the tying run to the plate and Justin did a nice job against their best hitter to get a comebacker to the mound."
After a two hour delay for field issues, UMass struck first when Adam Picard hit a solo home run with two outs.
Army answered with four runs in the second inning. Kris Lindner reached on a walk and with two outs, Smith singled. Jon Crucitti was hit by a pitch, before Earls singled to score Lindner. McCants followed with a three-RBI double to clear the bases and put Army on top 4-1.
The Black Knights added two runs in the fifth. With one out, Alex Jensen and Lindner were both hit by pitches. Patrick Mescher delivered a run-scoring single to plate Jensen. Smith followed with a single to score Lindner and Army led 6-1.
Army tacked on a run in the sixth. With one out, McCants singled and stole second one out later. Daniel Cortes delivered a single for a 7-1 Army advantage.
Army will practice tomorrow in Tampa, Fla., at the New York Yankees Complex and play its next games on Tuesday. Army will play North Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. and Central Connecticut State 30 minutes after the conclusion at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.