Army baseball falls but future bright

Yes, the season is over but the 2013 Army baseball team made us all proud once again. Despite the two losses in the NCAA, the future of Black Knights baseball looks as bright as ever.

Army put up a valiant effort on Friday against Virginia. The Black Knight's Chris Rowley put together seven strong innings striking out three while scattering seven hits. Army struck first in the top of the fifth as Jacob Page led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Johnson and went to third on a single by Michael Sands. Page then scored on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Grant Van Orden to give the Black Knights a 1-0 lead. However, in bottom of the fifth the Cavaliers put together a four hit inning including a double to score a pair of runs and take a 2-1 lead that they would maintain the rest of the game.

On Saturday things looked ugly early against UNC-Wilmington. Army gave up five runs in the first two innings and trailed 9-1 by the end of the fourth. The Cadets, however, would not go down easy. Army plated a run in the fifth and then in the sixth made things even more interesting as the team scored three more runs. A double by Harold Earls and singles by Mark McCants and Andrew Johnson along with a walk and balk by UNCW, enabled the Black Knights to score four runs to make the score 9-5.

In the ninth Army was able to get two runners on with no outs but couldn't advance them.

Army finishes the season 29-23. Despite the disappointing NCAA results Army fans should be proud of the 2013 Black Knights baseball team and excited about the future. The young team went from starting 0-7 to winning the Patriot League Tournament title and battling top 5 seed Virginia to the wire.

The future bodes well for Army baseball. Yes, they lose star pitcher Chris Rowley but the Black Knights return a solid group of players. Of the players that saw action in Saturday's loss to UNC-Wilmington, only two were seniors.

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