Navy Baseball Streaking at the Right Time

In a winner takes all baseball game it is always nice to have your pitcher roll in with a complete game three hit shutout. That is exactly what happened for Navy baseball on Sunday afternoon as sophomore George Coughlin dominated the Lafayette Leopards hitters in game three of a three game Patriot League semifinal series.

The shutout victory was the second in the row for the Mids who are now officially in the midst of the best baseball season in Naval Academy history. After losing the first game of the series, the Mids pitching took over as they outclassed the Leopards who finished the season with a 14-27-1 record. The victory was a school record 36th for Navy, but more importantly it propelled the Mids to a Patriot League Baseball Championship Series against Lehigh next weekend. As Navy is the #1 seed the best of three series will take place in Annapolis.

The pitching performance of Coughlin was as vital as it was effortless as the Navy offense was slow to get going in game three. Through five innings the score was just 1-0 to the Mids, and that run came as a result of a walk, wild pitch, bunt single, sacrifice fly sequence. Coughlin, however, was having no such problems with his control as he allowed zero hits, and only one base runner, through the first 6.2 innings. When Navy opened up a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning the game may as well have been called as the way Coughlin was pitching it was inconceivable that he would have given up seven runs during his performance.

The game ended fittingly on Coughlin’s 113th pitch which drew a weak ground out to first base to seal the Navy victory. Coughlin and the team now have almost a full week to rest before a double header on Saturday which could determine the Patriot League Champion for 2015. If the two Saturday games are split then there will be a winner take all clash on Sunday to determine the champion. If Navy gets the same standard of pitching in a week that they did over the last few days then the Mids are going to be very hard to beat.

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