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.

If you liked this sports letter, you may also enjoy ASSEMBLY magazine, 
the Voice of the Long Gray Line.  For additional information, visit 

ArmySports.com Top Stories