Robinett Pitches Army Past NYIT, 9-1

Alex Robinett

Alex Robinett

March 24, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Alex Robinett tied his career high with 11 strikeouts, and Jacob Page went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to help Army defeat NYIT, 9-1, in a non-league baseball game Sunday afternoon at Doubleday Field.

Robinett (3-1) allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings and did not walk a batter. Alex Jensen, Harold Earls and Justin Reece each collected two hits apiece to bolster Army's 11-hit attack. Jon Crucitti scored three runs, and Reece added two RBI as the Black Knights improved to 6-11 on the season.

"I thought Alex (Robinett) was very good today," said Army head coach Joe Sottolano. "He did an excellent job of staying very composed and competed within the strike zone, and that was really good to see. I think he can build off of today's start.

"Our infielders were sharp defensively today as well. Harold (Earls) did an excellent job at third base, Alex (Jensen) did a great job at shortstop and (Justin) Reece was solid at second base. Offensively, we learned a lot about ourselves individually. I thought Jacob Page and Harold Earls made some really good strides today."

Army opened a 7-0 lead after three innings en route to the victory. The Black Knights put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning, before pushing across four more in the second and one in the third.

Crucitti and Jensen executed a double steal for the first run of the game, and Jensen scored the second run later in the frame. Reece's RBI single and Daniel Cortes' sacrifice fly highlighted Army's four-run second inning. Reece added a second run-scoring single in the third as the Black Knights established a commanding 7-0 cushion.

NYIT scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning on Nick Dellasperanza's first home run of the season.

Army plated single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cap the scoring. Earls delivered an RBI single in the sixth and Crucitti drove home the seventh-inning run with a ground out.

The run support was more than enough for Robinett, who did not yield a base hit until the fifth inning. He faced just four over the minimum during his spectacular outing.

Alex Angus finished 2-for-3 to lead NYIT (2-13). Michael Auriemmo (0-1) took the loss for the Bears after yielding eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and five walks over six innings.

Army resumes its nine-game homestand on Tuesday, March 26, when the Black Knights host Siena at 3:30 p.m.

Game Notes: Army improves to 13-17-1 all-time versus New York Tech ... Alex Robinett also posted 11 strikeouts against Nebraska-Omaha last March ... Justin Reece posted career highs with two hits and two RBI ... Jon Crucitti scored a career-best three runs ... Jacob Page had a career-high three hits ... he also matched his career best with two runs scored.

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