Army Splits Doubleheader Versus Navy

Gunnar Carroll

Gunnar Carroll

April 1, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Grant Van Orden and Alex Jensen combined to go 6-for-9 with three runs scored and three RBI, and Gunnar Carroll pitched eight solid innings to help Army defeat Navy, 14-7, in the second game of a Patriot League doubleheader Monday afternoon at Doubleday Field. The Midshipmen posted a 15-4 victory in the opening contest.

Van Orden was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in, while Jensen finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Jacob Page, who belted his first career home run in the fifth inning, went 1-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Harold Earls drove in a game-high three runs to help lift Army (8-14, 1-3 PL) to the victory in the second game.

Carroll (2-3) settled down after allowing three runs in the second inning to post his second victory of the week. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, while yielding nine hits over eight innings.

"Winning that second game was big for us, especially after falling behind 3-0," said Army head coach Joe Sottolano. "It was good to see us swing the bats and hit the ball hard. I thought we hit a lot of balls hard throughout the weekend, and I think we'll continue to get better as the season goes along. The lineup had some length and consistency in the second game and we kept extending the lead, which was good to see.

"Gunnar wanted the baseball today and he wanted to be the guy," added Sottolano. "We needed someone to step up, and I'm very proud of him. He's a mature young man, and I can't say enough good things about him."

Navy (15-13, 3-1 PL) established a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning in the nightcap, scoring three runs on four hits. Jack Keller's two-run double keyed the rally, which gave the Midshipmen the early advantage.

Army responded immediately as the Black Knights took advantage of three Navy errors to push across five unearned runs in the bottom of the second. Jon Crucitti, Van Orden and Jensen hit consecutive RBI singles to cap the uprising, which gave the Black Knights a 5-3 lead.

Navy drew to within 5-4 in the top of the fourth on David Wiedeman's RBI double, but Army scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-4. Patrick Mescher drove home the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, and Van Orden later scored on a balk.

Page then led off the bottom of the fifth inning by smashing a solo home run over the fence in left center field.

Navy refused to go down without a fight, however, plating single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to trim Army's lead to 8-6.

The Black Knights put the game away in the bottom of the eighth, though, scoring six runs on four hits to extend their advantage to 14-6. Van Orden and Jensen connected on consecutive one-out doubles to push across the first run of the frame. Mescher then singled and McCants walked to load the bases for Page, who drew another walk to force home a run. Earls followed with a two-run double to make it 12-6, Page scored on a wild pitch and Earls hustled home on a passed ball to close out the rally.

Navy added a run in the top of the ninth on Greg Dupell's RBI groundout to round out the scoring.

Kash Manzelli went 2-for-2 with three runs scored to lead the Midshipmen offensively in the nightcap. Navy starter Luke Gillingham (1-2) was touched for seven runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk over four innings.

Dupell was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI to pace Navy in the opening game of the doubleheader. Brandon Beans finished 2-for-5 with four runs scored, while Connor Deneen totaled two hits and three runs batted in.

The run support was more than enough for Navy starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl (2-3), who allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks over seven innings.

Navy scored three runs in the top of the first inning without the aid of a hit. Three walks, one hit batsman and a pair of Army errors helped pave the way for the Midshipmen. Navy added three more runs in the top of the second to establish a 6-0 advantage. The Mids scored another run in the third and four more in the fourth to build an 11-0 cushion.

Army got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Mark McCants singled, stole second base and scored on Mescher's base hit.

Navy increased its lead to 13-1 in the top of the fifth, but Army plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 13-4. Andrew Johnson singled leading off the frame and moved to third base on Earls' double. Johnson scored when Crucitti reached on an error, and Earls scampered home on a passed ball. McCants delivered Army's third run of the inning when he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.

Navy capped the scoring in the top of the sixth when Dupell launched his third home run of the season over the fence in right center field.

Mescher was 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace the Black Knights offensively in the opener. Army starting pitcher Alex Robinett (3-2) allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks in three innings of work.

Army returns to action on Wednesday, April 3, when the Black Knights travel to Teaneck, N.J., to face Fairleigh Dickinson in a non-conference contest at 3 p.m.

Game Notes: Army moves to 102-109 all-time against Navy ... the Black Knights wore their white pinstripe uniforms for both ends of today's doubleheader ... John Malcolm and Jonathan Thiess posted career highs with 2.0 innings pitched in the first game ... Gunnar Carroll posted a career best with 8.0 innings pitched in the nightcap ... Carroll also posted a season-high five strikeouts ... Alex Jensen matched his season high with three hits in the second game ... Grant Van Orden posted career highs with three hits and two runs scored in the nightcap ... Harold Earls equaled his career high with three RBI in the second game ... Jacob Page established a career best with three runs scored in the nightcap ... Andrew Johnson matched his season high with two hits in the second game ... Daniel Cortes equaled his season high with two runs scored in the nightcap.

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