April 9, 2014
Fordham 5, Army 4
BRONX, N.Y. – Army scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a one-run lead, but Fordham rallied for two in the home half of the frame to score a 5-4 victory Wednesday night at Houlihan Park. The Black Knights put two runners on in the ninth, but could not push across the tying run.
Army was held hitless through the first seven innings, but Harold Earls singled in the eighth to aid the Black Knights’ rally. His base hit to center was Army’s lone hit of the contest. The team’s four-run rally in the eighth was aided by three Fordham errors and a walk.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Rob McCunney was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Charles Galiano drove in the tying run with a double to left center and came around to score the winning run on Jason Lundy’s two-out single through the right side.
The Black Knights threatened in the ninth. Jacob Page reached with a one-out walk and later stole second. Alex Jensen was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, but Brock Davidson struck out to end the contest.
Page reached base twice on a pair of walks and scored Army’s first run. Jensen was credited with the Black Knights’ only run batted in of the contest. Earles, Jensen and pinch hitter Patrick Mescher all crossed the plate in the Army half of the eighth inning.
Julian Larimer (1-2) suffered the loss in relief, allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning. J.C. Porter (2-3) was the winning pitcher for the Rams, throwing 1.2 innings of no-hit relief. Fordham starter Kirk Haynes did not allow hit through his first seven innings, but was eventually tagged for four runs, only one of which was earned, and one hit in 7.1 innings. He struck out nine and walked one.
Army used seven pitchers in the game, including starter Erik Washburn who gave up three runs, two of them unearned, on one hit. He struck out one and walked one in two innings. Garrison Franklin and Justin French each posted no-run, no-hit innings of relief.
The Rams scored the game’s first three runs in the bottom of the second, partially aided by two Army errors. Galiano was hit by a pitch and moved to second on the first error. Lundy then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but everyone was safe when the throw to first resulted in the second error of the inning. Galiano scored the first run of the game on the play. David Judisky followed with a two-run single to left center. Army did not allow another run, inducing a strikeout and line out to end the inning.
Army finally broke through in the top of the eighth. Page drew a base on balls and moved to second on Earls’s base hit. The duo then executed a double steal to each move into scoring position, and Page came around to score when the Fordham third baseman couldn’t handle Jensen’s ground ball. Army pulled off another double steal, and with runners on second and third, a throwing error resulted in two more runs. Jonathan Crucitti then attempted to move the runner to third base, but Haynes’s throw was off the mark, allowing Mescher to cross the plate with the go-ahead run. Porter came on in relief and retired the only two batters he faced to end the Army rally.
The two teams combined for six hits and eight errors.
Army returns home for a weekend series versus Patriot League foe Bucknell. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12 p.m., while Sunday’s twin bill is set for 1 p.m. The Army seniors will be recognized prior to Sunday’s action.