Army baseball sweeps doubleheader from Navy

Army swept two games from rival Navy in Annapolis (4-2, 7-3) to advance in the Patriot League Baseball Tournament. The Black Knights' next test will be a visit to Holy Cross next weekend to determine the league's champion and NCAA participant.

In game 1 Army pitcher Chris Rowley shut down Navy's hitters, limiting the Mids to just five hits and striking out five while going the full nine innings.

After the Mids took an early 1-0 lead in the first, the Black Knight struck back in the fourth inning with hits by Harold Earls and Alex Jensen. Earls then scored on a passed ball to make it 1-1. Later in the inning Jensen tallied a run off a sacrifice fly by Patrick Mescher to put Army ahead 2-1. Mark McCants scored the third run of Army's big inning after an RBI groundout by Andrew Johnson.

Navy added a final run in the bottom of the fourth but it wouldn't be enough as the Black Knights would score another run in the sixth inning to prevail 4-2.

In the second game Navy again drew first blood, pulling ahead 1-0 in the first off an RBI single by Greg Dupell. Army, playing as the home team, took advantage of a triple by Jon Crucitti, a single by Grant Van Orden and a sacrifice fly by Alex Jensen to plate three runs in the bottom of the third to pull ahead 3-1.

Navy, however, wasn't going down easy. Craig Veech's RBI double in the fourth pulled the Mids to within a run at 3-2 before Dave Milanes' double tied the score at 3-3.

In the eighth inning, with two outs, Army batters came alive and scored four runs. After Earls and Jensen reached on single, Patrick Mescher ripped a two RBI single to give the Black Knights a 5-3 lead. A Mark McCants RBI single and Jacob Page RBI double gave Army a comfortable 7-3 lead with three outs remaining for the Mids.

Pitching wise, Army's Alex Robinette scattered 9 hits over 6.2 innings while striking out three and allowing three earned runs. Julian Larimer was credited with the victory after 1.1 innings of work and striking out one and allowing no runs. Gunnar Carroll notched the save after pitching a scoreless ninth frame.

Army improves to 27-21 with the series sweep. Navy finishes its season with a 28-23 record.

Game 1
            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R   H E
ARMY        0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0  4-  8 0
NAVY        1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  2-  5 0
Boxscore:

Game 2
            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R   H E
NAVY        1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0  3- 11 1
ARMY        0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 X  7-  8 0
Boxscore:

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