May 5, 2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Patrick Mescher went 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Alex Robinett struck out four batters over seven strong innings to lead the Army baseball team past Chestnut Hill, 4-1, in the regular-season finale for both schools Sunday afternoon at Doubleday Field.
Jacob Page finished 2-for-3, and Alex Jensen was 1-for-3 with two runs scored to help Army (25-21) to its fourth consecutive victory.
Robinett (7-3) retired the first 12 batters he faced and did not allow a base hit until there were two outs in the top of the fifth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk en route to the victory. Gunnar Carroll pitched a perfect ninth inning to collect his fourth save of the season.
Desmond Lites went 2-for-3 and scored Chestnut Hill's lone run to pace the Griffins (17-25) offensively. Chestnut Hill used eight different pitchers in the contest, with each hurler working one inning. Robert Andris (0-4) took the loss on the mound for the Griffins after allowing Army to score one run on two hits in the bottom of the first.
Army took that early lead by putting together a two-out rally. Jensen singled with two outs, moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored when Mescher grounded an RBI single to left field.
The Black Knights made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Connor Love stole home on a double-steal with Justin Reece. Love walked with one out, advanced to second when Michael Sands received a base on balls, took third on Reece's base hit and scored when the catcher threw down to second on the double-steal.
Army pushed across two runs without the aid of a hit in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 4-0. Harold Earls was hit by a pitch leading off the frame and Jensen and Mark McCants drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Mescher, who hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Earls. Jensen plated the second run, advancing home when McCants was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Chestnut Hill averted the shutout by scoring a run in the top of the eighth inning. Lites reached on an infield single leading off the inning, stole second, advanced to third base on Joseph Mullin's sacrifice bunt and scored when Timothy DiMonte grounded out to shortstop.
Army will be idle until Saturday, May 11, when the third-seeded Black Knights travel to Annapolis, Md., to face second-seeded Navy in a best-of-three Patriot League Semifinal Series. Army and Navy will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m., with the third game scheduled for Sunday (if necessary) at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Army improves to 1-0 all-time versus Chestnut Hill ... the Black Knights reached the 25-win plateau for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons ... Gunnar Carroll moved into sole possession of third place on Army's all-time saves list (14).