April 19, 2014
Army 1, Holy Cross 0
WORCESTER, Mass. – Army scored a run in the top of the first, and Alex Robinett made it stand up with his first career complete-game shutout as the Black Knights completed a Patriot League baseball sweep of Holy Cross Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory. Army improved to 25-12 overall and 9-4 in conference play, while the Crusaders dropped 11-25 overall and 3-9 in league games.
Army’s two wins, coupled with two losses by Lehigh, moved the Black Knights two games clear of the Mountain Hawks for second place in the Patriot League standings.
Robinett (4-3) threw Army’s first nine-inning shutout of the season, scattering eight hits, striking out seven and walking two. Nate Walker took the loss, allowing just one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Army pounded out seven hits during the game, including two by catcher Ben Smith. Harold Earls accounted for the Black Kngihts’ lone extra-base hit with a double.
The Black Knights scored the game’s only run in the top of the first. Earls doubled with one out and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Mark McCants stole second base and Earls raced home on the throw.
Robinett was in and out of trouble, stranding five runners, including three in scoring position, in the first three innings. He settled in and gave up just four hits over the final six frames. Holy Cross put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth after an error with two outs, but Robinett caught Bobby Indeglia looking to end the game.
The Black Knights had chances throughout the game, but stranded two runners in the second and left the bases loaded in the fourth. Army left a total of nine runners on base during the game.
Army continues its stretch of 11 straight games away from West Point Wednesday night when it faces Marist in the WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic. First pitch at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., is slated for 6:30 p.m.