Herbert on Sports Update

Here is a look at happenings this week in Army sports courtesy of the Association of Graduates.

BASEBALL (16-19-1):  Won 3 out of 4 from Navy to capture the "star" for the 4th straight year.  Over this period, Army has a 13-3 record against the Middies.  In Saturday's first game, Army trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th (all doubleheaders are 7-inning games).  But, the cadets rallied to tie the score, and then won the game 4-3 in the 8th when yearling Andy Ernesto hit a walk-off double with two men on base and only one out.  Navy took an early lead and held on to win the second game 6-4.

On Sunday, the first game was a pitching gem by Army junior Cole White, who tossed a complete game, 5-hit nine inning shutout 1-0.  White struck out 12, and retired Navy in order in the last 3 innings.  In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and runners on second and third, Ernesto hit a slow chopper to first base, the Navy first baseman fired to the plate, but junior Kyle Stramara beat the tag.  In the second game, Army trailed early 2-0, but came back to pound 6 Navy pitchers for a season high 17 hits and 11-3 win.  Yearling J.P. Polchinski went 7 for 8 in the two games.  We lost a mid-week game to New Jersey Tech 7-2.

RUGBY:  Lost to St. Mary's in the Sweet Sixteen 31-27.  St. Mary's had played three times as many games as Army this spring, including 2 against defending national champs California.  Navy defeated Clemson 32-19, and then defeated St. Mary's by 7 to make the final four.  In the consolation game, Army routed Clemson 81-10.

LACROSSE (6-6):  Playing at Annapolis, Army trailed 8th ranked Navy 8-3 early in the 3rd period, but we came back and scored 5 unanswered goals and tied the game at 8-8.  Army never led, but we did tie the game again at 9-9 before Navy scored 3 times in the final 8 minutes to win 12-9.  Playing at Duke, the 3rd ranked Blue Devils defeated Army 11-5.  We play Navy again tomorrow in the semi-finals of the Patriot League tournament.

SOFTBALL (12-33):  Lost 3 of 4 to Bucknell on our diamond.  Split the first doubleheader, losing 10-2, but won 8-0 as junior Veronica Barth pitched a 3-hit shutout.  Bucknell swept the next two games 5-3 and 3-2.  At Lafayette for 4 games this weekend.

MEN'S TENNIS (11-12):  Defeated Holy Cross 4-0, and Colgate 4-0, but lost to Navy in the finals of the Patriot League tournament 4-0.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (13-10):  Army is seeded #1 in the Patriot League tournament this weekend.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (7-2):  Playing in the league championship tournament, Army defeated College of New Jersey 16-8 and Rhode Island 10-8.  A knee injury to yearling center Rachel Neasham kept her out of the final game against Northeastern, which we lost 15-2.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL:  Competing in the Nationals, Army had a 4-3 record, and ended tied for 21st of 48 teams in our division.

BOXING:  Participating in the National Championships, Army finished 3rd as a team, and senior Mike Benedosso won the individual national championship at 112 pounds.  Army boxers won one gold medal, 3 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals.  Junior Cory Kastl (165 lbs) won his quarter-final bout despite boxing 2 ½ rounds with a broken hand, which required him to withdraw from the semi-final bout.  He was voted Outstanding Sportsman of the tournament. 

Out of space.  More on Army-Navy track meets, and a great Army Team Handball Squad (1985) next week.

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