April 24, 2013
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FISHKILL, N.Y. -
Andrew Johnson went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored to help lead Army past Marist, 10-3, to capture the eighth annual WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic in front of 2,512 spectators Wednesday evening at Dutchess Stadium.
Alex Jensen also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Black Knights (20-18). Jacob Page registered two hits and two runs scored as Army banged out 11 hits in the contest.
Brian Hapeman (1-1) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career win, and Gunnar Carroll picked up his third save of the season after tossing the final 2.1 frames.
After four scoreless innings, Army took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth as the Black Knights scored two runs on three hits and one Marist error. Page led off the frame by tripling to deep right-center field and scored on Johnson's base hit to left field. Johnson then moved to second base on an error by the Marist left fielder, took third on Michael Sands' sacrifice bunt and scored when Connor Love lined a double down the right field line.
Army added three more runs on three hits in the sixth inning to extend its lead to 5-0. Johnson's two-run single highlighted the uprising, which also included an RBI single by Sands.
Marist got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, trimming Army's advantage to 5-1. Zachary Passerelle doubled to right-center field leading off the inning and scored on Steve Laurino's RBI single up the middle.
Army blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring four runs on three hits and two Marist errors. Jon Crucitti walked leading off the inning, moved to second base on Harold Earls' sacrifice bunt and scored when Jensen doubled down the left field line. Patrick Mescher followed with an RBI double of his own, lofting a fly ball down the right field line. Page then reached on an infield single and Johnson drove in his fourth run of the game when he reached on a fielder's choice. Page scored the fourth run of the frame, scampering home from third base when Sands reached on an error.
Marist got two runs back in the top of the eighth on Mike Orefice's RBI double and Passerelle's sacrifice fly.
Army capped the scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning when Crucitti tripled with one out and scored on a passed ball.
Orefice finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored to lead Marist (20-15-1). Steve Laurino and Zach Shank both collected two hits apiece to help pace the Red Foxes' 11-hit output.
Chris Napolitano (2-2) suffered the loss after permitting two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings.
Both starters pitched very well with Army's Patrick Gardner facing the minimum 10 batters over 3.1 innings. He struck out three and did not allow a hit. Marist starter Jordan Eich yielded just one base hit in 4.0 innings of work.
Army returns to action this weekend (April 27-28) when the Black Knights host Patriot League rival Holy Cross in a four-game series at Doubleday Field. Saturday's doubleheader is slated to get under way at 12 p.m., while Sunday's twinbill will begin at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Army improves to 10-14 all-time versus Marist ... Army's win snaps Marist's two-game winning streak in the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic ... the Black Knights reach the 20-win plateau for the 10th consecutive season ... Jacob Page ranks tied for 10th on Army's single-season triples list (four) ... Patrick Gardner pitched a career-best 3.1 innings ... Alex Jensen leads Army with nine doubles this season ... Connor Love hit his first career double ... Crucitti hit his first career triple ... Gunnar Carroll moved into a tie for third place on Army's all-time saves list (13) ... Andrew Johnson recorded a career-high four RBI ... Johnson was mic'd up during the pre-game children's clinic and batting practice ... the segment will be part of the Sights and Sounds program on Army's website ... Army head officer representative Col. Raymond Nelson was one of five people to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game.