April 12, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Kyle Scogin rapped out three hits, stole two bases and scored a pair of runs, and Drew Clothier pitched six solid innings, helping to lead the Army baseball team past Manhattan, 7-1, Wednesday afternoon at a blustery and wind-swept Doubleday Field.
With stiff winds blowing in toward home plate, it was clear from the beginning of the contest that scoring runs would be a difficult task, and both teams were held scoreless through the first two frames.
Army had a chance to push a run across in the first inning when Scogin singled, moved to second on Kyle Stramara's sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Milan Dinga's single. The rally was thwarted, however, when Chris Simmons flew out to center field and Scogin, attempting to score, was cut down at the plate.
Manhattan (13-12) got on the board first, scoring a run in the third inning when Nick Derba singled and scored on Matt Rizzotti's double down the left field line.
Army (15-16-1) tied the game on an unearned run in the fourth. Cole White drew a two-out walk, stole second base and came home when the Manhattan shortstop committed an error on Jeremy Stache's groundball.
Dinga, who has been swinging a hot bat over the last several weeks, gave Army its first lead of the game with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning. Scogin, who scored from second base on the play, started the rally by singling to left field and then stealing second.
The Black Knights broke open a 2-1 game in the seventh inning with five runs on three hits and a crucial Manhattan error. Tony Capozzi led off with a walk and moved to third on Scogin's single. Andy Ernesto's single up the middle drove in Capozzi and moved Scogin, who had stolen second base, over to third. Ernesto then stole second and Dinga walked, loading the bases for Simmons.
Simmons' groundball to the third was thrown away when the Manhattan third baseman tried to force Scogin at home, allowing him to score along with Ernesto. Simmons reached second on the play, while Dinga wound up on third base. Stache capped Army's offensive explosion with a single to right field, driving in Dinga and Simmons.
Clothier (1-3) struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed just four hits over 6.0 innings, the longest outing of his career.
Army's bullpen was strong in relief of Clothier, making sure the Black Knights' starter held onto his first career win. Monte Jones pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing just one hit, while Dinga stuck out two during a perfect ninth.
Dinga wasted little time extending his career-long hitting streak to 19 games, as the junior slapped a single to right field in the first inning. Dinga's streak stands just two games shy of tying the Academy record.
Army was busy on the base paths against the Jaspers, stealing six bases. The Black Knights are now 60-of-70 this year stealing bases.
Army returns to its Patriot League schedule on Saturday and Sunday (April 15-16), when the Black Knights travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders in a four-game series. First pitch of both twinbills is set for 12 p.m.