April 20, 2014
Army 3, Holy Cross 0
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Brock Davidson fired a three-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the Army baseball team to a 3-0 victory in the second game of Sunday’s Patriot League doubleheader at Holy Cross. The win gave the Black Knights a four-game series sweep and marked the team’s fifth straight win.
Army improved to 27-12 overall and 11-4 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights will enter next weekend’s final conference series at Navy in second place with a 3.5-game lead over the third-place Mids. The top two teams will host the best-of-three Patriot League semifinals series on May 10-11.
Davidson’s nine-inning, complete-game shutout was the first of his career and the Black Knights’ second of the weekend. Army did not utilize a relief pitcher in any of the four games. Davidson (4-1) allowed only three hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk. He faced just three batters over the minimum, allowing only one runner to reach third base. Davidson retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced.
Army scored the only run it would need in the second inning. It added insurance markers in the fourth and eighth. Alex Jensen, who had two hits, including a home run in the opener, went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Ben Smth was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jon Crucitti, Harold Earls and Daniel Cortes all had one hit apiece.
Phil Reese (2-4) took the loss for the Crusaders (11-27, 3-11 PL). He gave up two runs, one of them earned, on four hits. Reese struck out six and walked three.
Andrew Barry collected two of the Crusaders’ two hits. Holy Cross’ third through ninth hitters went a combined went a combined 0-for-22.
The Black Knights broke through in the second inning on an RBI double by Jensen. The inning was set up by a hit batter and an error. Army had a chance to do further damage, but left the bases loaded. Smith drove in the second run of the game with a single to left center in the fourth inning. Daniel Cortes led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and went to third on the throw to first base after a third strike that got away from the catcher.
Jensen plated the game’s final run in the eighth with an RBI single. Jacob Page started the rally, getting hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a ground out and moved up another 90 feet on a wild pitch.
Holy Cross put a runner on third in the first inning, but Davidson induced an infield pop up to end the threat. Davidson retired the side in order in six of his nine innings of work.
Army has now swept two of its first four Patriot League opponents (Lafayette). The Black Knights head to Annapolis next weekend to end the conference regular season. In addition to Patriot League seeding, the series will determine who wins the overall Star Series for the 2013-14 season. Both the Black Knights and Mids have won 11 stars.
Army continues its 11-game road swing on Wednesday when it faces Marist in the annual WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.