April 27, 2014
Army 1, Navy 0
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Army Senior co-captains Patrick Mescher and Gunnar Carroll came up big and the Black Knights will be home for the first round of the Patriot League playoffs.
Mescher knocked in the lone run and Carroll threw seven strong innings as Army beat Navy, 1-0, in the first game of a Patriot League doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium.
Army and Navy will play the fourth game of the series Sunday afternoon and the winner of that game will take home the coveted star. Navy won the series opener 4-0 but Army has won games two and three, following up a 2-1 victory Saturday with Sundays win.
The Black Knights improved to 30-13 overall and 13-5 in Patriot League games. At worst, Army will be the second-seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host a best-of-three series May 10-11 against either Lehigh or Navy.
With the victory, Army reached 30 wins for the sixth time since 2004.
Navy moved to 23-25 overall and 9-10 in league contests.
Carroll improved to 8-1 on the season, throwing his fourth complete game of the year. He scattered eight hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Navy threatened early when leadoff hitter Robert Currie singled, was sacrificed to second and took third on a wild pitch. Carroll induced a ground out with the infield in for the second out of the inning and right field Jon Crucitti made a diving catch of a pop up to end the first inning.
Army had runners on in each of the first two innings. Daniel Cortes reached on a single in the first and Kris Lindner bunted for a basehit in the second before Jacob Page was hit by a pitch. Navy starting pitcher Luke Gillingham worked out of both jams, though to keep the contest scoreless.
The Black Knights had a pair of runners on base in the third as well but were unable to push across a run.
Crucitti made another excellent play in the bottom of the fourth inning, leaping at the wall to take away certain extra bases on a deep fly ball. Drew Hayes then singled with two outs. David Norman then hit a bloop single that fell between three Army players. Second baseman Kris Lindner picked up the ball, threw to Mescher, the first baseman, who fired home to catcher Love to cut down Hayes at the plate.
Army scored the game's lone run in the top of the fifth inning. Love reached on an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Crucitti. Mescher singled up the middle with two outs to plate Love.
Navy had runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning but a strikeout and lineout ended the frame.
Carroll completed the game with a perfect seventh inning.
Army will conclude its regular season series with Navy with Sunday's second game of the doubleheader.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its all gray road pants with black tops ... Major Arthur Coughlin served as the team's Officer Representative ...Navy holds a slight 110-106 lead in the all-time baseball series against Army ... Army now leads Navy 16-13 in the overall series against Navy in 2014.