Herbert on Sports

BASEBALL (23-17-1): The Saturday doubleheader at Annapolis was rained out, but Sunday's two games were played in Baltimore's Camden Yards. Nick Hill pitched a two-hitter in the first game as Army won 2-0. Navy limited us to 5 hits in the second game and won 4-0. On Monday, action returned to Annapolis and Army swept the doubleheader behind superb pitching 4-1 and 6-1. Milan Dinga's 25 game hitting streak (an Army record) came to an end, but he pitched two saves during the weekend.

Army, now in 3rd place in the Patriot League, faces league-leading Lehigh in four games here this weekend. Navy is in 4th place.

LACROSSE (7-5): Took a 10-0 lead at the half against winless Holy Cross, threw in the subs, and coasted to a 16-3 win. Patriot League tournament this weekend, hosted by #1 Colgate. We play Colgate Friday; Navy plays Lehigh, and the winners play on Sunday.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLUB (11-0): Army won the East Coast Women's Lacrosse Association tourney by defeating Syracuse 14-2 and then edging out Penn State 12-11 in the championship game. This weekend, Army plays Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard in the round-robin, Inter-Academy tournament here at West Point. Army will play in the national tournament in Dallas 10-13 May.

FOOTBALL: The spring practice game, played in a pouring rain, ended with Gold beating Black in double overtime 6-0. With the game tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, Coach Ross said "We'll stay out here until 11 pm to get a winner if we have to!" Ross was, overall, pleased with the spring. QB David Pevoto completed 16 of 26 in the game, and had two balls dropped. The bad weather definitely hindered the offense. There we no injuries.

RUGBY CLUB: Blew Colorado away 62-12. But, playing in a heavy rain, we lost to Utah 8-5. The wet field negated our speed, and helped Utah's heavier players. For the first time in several years, no service academy team will be in the final four (Brigham Young, Utah, Penn State, and California).

WOMEN'S TENNIS (15-12): Defeated Colgate 4-0 and Bucknell 4-0 to win the Patriot League and a bid to the NCAA tournament.

MEN'S TENNIS (10-15): Lost a tough one to Navy 4-3 but came back to defeat American U. 4-2, thus winning the Patriot League and we will host the league tournament here this weekend.

SOFTBALL (16-31): After dropping two games at Binghamton, Army came home to win 3 out of 4 from Lafayette. Monday we swept a doubleheader 3-1 and 5-2. Then on Tuesday, we split, winning 6-2 but losing 2-1. Four games this weekend against league-leading Lehigh.

TRACK & FIELD: Army's men defeated Navy 105-97, but Navy edged our women 104-99 in a pair of exciting meets here at West Point. On the men's side, Army captured 11 of 19 events, including 6 of 8 field events. Senior Phil Sakala, returning from injuries, won the 1500 meter in 3:51.30. It was his first race this season. Senior Caleb Wells' final throw of the discus won the event by two feet at 154' 2" and insured the Army victory. Junior Rudy Mejia won the long jump at 23' 9" and yearling Reagan Rafferty cleared 6' 6 ¼" to win the high jump. Army senior captain Jason Smartt won the hammer throw with a heave of 184' 4". Junior Chris Haag came from behind to win the 800 meters in 1:51.92. Junior David Frehulfer won the 400 in 47.83 seconds and the 200 in 22.12 seconds.

Although Army's women lead Navy in dual meet victories 13-7, Navy won for the 2nd consecutive year in 2006. Navy won 7 of the 8 field events, while Army dominated running. Junior Meghan Venable-Thomas won the 200 in 25.15 and the 100 in 12.19 seconds. Senior Ashley Urick won the 1500 meters in 4:31.89.

At the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, plebe Kelcee Moody won the shot put with a throw of 40' 11", and the discus with a throw of 120' 9".

NO LETTER NEXT WEEK. I'll be on a short vacation.

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