May 2, 2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Jacob Page went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, and Davis Marlar tossed 5.1 innings of shutout relief to help lift the Army baseball team past Hartford, 4-3, in a non-conference contest Thursday afternoon at Doubleday Field.
Army (23-21) took a 4-0 lead after two innings and then held off Hartford (14-28) the rest of the way as the Black Knights earned their second consecutive victory. Marlar (1-0) struck out five batters and allowed just one hit en route to his first career win.
Page's two-run single highlighted Army's three-run first inning as the Black Knights jumped all over Hartford starter Sam McKay (3-2). Alex Jensen was the only other Army player to record multiple hits in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.
Julian Larimer worked around a leadoff single in the top of the ninth to nail down the win and collect his first career save.
Brady Sheetz went 2-for-5 with one run scored to pace Hartford offensively. Ryan Lukach was 1-for-4 with two RBI for the Hawks. McKay yielded four runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings of work.
Army took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on three hits. Jon Crucitti was hit by a pitch leading off the frame, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored when Jensen delivered an RBI single down the right field line. Patrick Mescher then singled and he and Jensen executed a double-steal to put Black Knights on second and third for Page, who lined a base hit up the middle to score both runners.
Army scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second to make it 4-0. Justin Reece began the uprising with a one-out single. He moved all the way to third base on a throwing error by the Hartford catcher and scored on Harold Earls' sacrifice fly.
Hartford pushed across three runs on four hits in the top of the third against Army starter Patrick Gardner, trimming Army's advantage to 4-3. Trey Stover walked with one out and Brian Estevez and Brady Sheetz hit consecutive singles to load the bases for the Hawks. Lukach then bounced a groundball through the right side of the infield to score Stover and Estevez. Chris DelDebbio followed with a bunt single to drive in Sheetz.
Marlar got the final out of the third inning and allowed just one hit over the next five frames to keep Army in front.
Hartford's bullpen limited Army's offense over the final five innings as the trio of Tyler Corsi, Jacob Melli and Alex Gouin allowed just four hits and combined for seven strikeouts. The Black Knights threatened to add to their lead in the seventh, but stranded runners on second and third.
Army continues its eight-game homestand on Saturday, May 4, when the Black Knights host Nyack at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Army improves to 1-0 in opening the series versus Harford ... Davis Marlar established career highs with 5.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts ... Jacob Page matched his career best with three hits.