Army Hammers Siena, 14-1

Daniel Cortes

Daniel Cortes

April 10, 2012

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Cody Murtle went 2-for-5 with five runs batted in, and Daniel Corteswas 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI as the Army baseball team defeated Siena, 14-1, in a non-conference contest at Siena Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Zach Price, Kevin McKague, Alex Jensen, Andrew Johnson and Clayton Mosleyeach collected two hits apiece to help lead the Black Knights, who improve to 24-8 on the season. Army has won nine of its last 10 games and 19 of 23 contests dating back to early March.

"We were ready to go right out of the gates today and it showed," said Army head coach Joe Sottolano. "We got on top early and Andrew (Flaherty) came out throwing strikes. Our offense did a nice job of extending the lead over the first four innings, which was good to see. Andrew did a nice job of competing in the strike zone and I thought our defense was outstanding. I'm proud of our overall effort today."

The Black Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held a 14-1 advantage through four frames en route to the victory.

Andrew Flaherty(3-0) was the beneficiary of all of that early run support as the freshman right-hander picked up his third victory of the season. He allowed just one run on six hits over five innings of work.

Army staked Flaherty to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Black Knights pushed across two runs on four hits. Price and Cortes hit consecutive singles to open the frame, and McKague laid down a sacrifice bunt to put two runners into scoring position. Mark McCantsand Murtle then ripped back-to-back RBI singles to stake Army to the early advantage.

The Black Knight sent 11 men to the plate in the top of the second and scored five runs on four hits to extend their cushion to 7-0. Dakari Cookebegan the uprising when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Johnson and Price followed with consecutive singles to load the bases for Cortes, who hammered a bases-clearing double into the gap in left center field.

Consecutive walks to McKague and McCants re-loaded the bases for Murtle, who drove home the fourth run of the inning when he grounded out to shortstop. After Harold Earlswalked, Jensen capped the rally with an RBI single.

Siena (8-23) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second as the Saints engineered a two-out rally. Ted Trymbiski singled through the left side, advanced to second base when Dan Sullivan was hit by a pitch and scored on Ryan Metzler's base hit to center field. The two-out run trimmed Army's lead to 7-1.

Army pushed across four more runs on just two hits in the top of the third inning to make it 11-1. The Black Knights, who did all of the damage with two outs, took advantage of three hit batsmen and one walk during the rally.

Johnson was hit by a pitch leading off the frame, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third base on Cortes' sacrifice bunt. McKague drew a two-out walk and he and Johnson executed a double steal to score Army's first run of the inning. McCants and Murtle were then hit by pitches to load the bases, and McKague scampered home on a wild pitch. Earls followed with a two-run single to right center field to score both McCants and Murtle, increasing the Black Knights' lead to 11-1.

Army put together a two-out rally in the top of the fourth to score three unearned runs and extend its lead to 14-1. The first two Black Knights of the inning were retired, but Cortes reached on an error by the Siena shortstop to ignite the uprising. McKague followed with a base hit to right field and McCants drew a walk to load the bases for Murtle, who drilled a three-run double deep into the gap in left center field.

Army relievers John Buckley, Colin Briant and Ken Jacksoncombined to toss four scoreless innings to finish off the Black Knights' fifth straight victory.

Siena starter Jake Werdesheim (0-1) took the loss for the Saints after allowing two runs on four hits in one inning. Metzler and Ken Kirshner paced Siena's offense with two hits apiece.

Army returns to action on Wednesday, April 11, when the Black Knights host Fairleigh Dickinson at West Point's Doubleday Field. First pitch for the non-league contest is set for 3:30 p.m.

Game Notes: Army improves to 11-4 all-time versus Siena ... the Black Knights wore their traditional gray road uniforms with black caps this afternoon ... Daniel Cortes drove in a career-high three runs ... he also matched his career best with three runs scored ... Clayton Mosley had a career-high two base hits ... Kevin McKague extended his hitting streak to nine straight games.

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