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BASEBALL (33-11): Looking at the historical record, it is difficult to find an Army baseball team as talented across the board as this 2004 team, although several have had a better winning percentage. Took 3 out of 4 from Navy at Annapolis. Last Saturday, we won the first game 10-2, behind the 4 hit pitching of plebe Nick Hill.

Hill gave up 2 runs in the first inning, but shut out the Mids the rest of the way, striking out 11. Army put the game away with 9 runs on 9 hits (including two triples and a double) in the 6th inning. Army lost the second game 4-3. But on Sunday, the cadets swept the double-header 15-2 and 5-4. In the first game, Army banged out 18 hits. In the nightcap, Army trailed 4-0 before coming back to win in 11 innings. Army junior Justin Kashner pitched a complete game win in the first game, striking out 11.

Yesterday, Army routed Sacred Heart 18-6, on their field. Junior 2nd baseman Nate Stone hit a grand slam homer and batted in 7 runs.

Army will host the Patriot League championships on May 8-9. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

Four games with Columbia this weekend.

SOFTBALL (25-20): Finished the regular season by defeating Marist on their field 4-0. Came home and won 3 out of 4 from Lafayette. Won 2-1, 3-1, and 3-1 but lost 4-3. Lost a doubleheader to Seton Hall 9-4 and 6-0. Patriot League championship tournament at Lehigh this weekend.

LACROSSE (9-4): Lost to Hobart 14-8, which eliminated us from the league playoffs.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (9-4): In the league championship tournament, Army lost to Syracuse 11-8 and then lost the consolation game to Loyola 10-9.

FOOTBALL: Coach Ross said he was pleased, overall, with the progress made during spring practice. The team played well during the controlled scrimmage game that concluded the spring. Although Reggie Nevels did an excellent job running and passing in the final scrimmage, Ross said he won't decide on his starting QB until the fall.

TEAM HANDBALL CLUB: Will play at the U.S. Nationals in Houston, 7-9 May.


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