BALTIMORE, MD – The Army West Point baseball team posted back-to-back victories over service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards to finished the weekend 4-0.
Army earned the 5-3, 10-inning win in the opener before taking the nightcap 8-2.
The Sunday sweep handed Army its third- and fourth-straight win, shifting them to the top of the Patriot League standings. The Black Knights also swept Bucknell on Saturday.
In Game 1, the Mids got on the board first after converting two singles into a run in the bottom of the third.
The Black Knights wasted little time trailing though as John McKenna started the next frame with a lead-off single. Two batters later Trey Martin drilled a one-out double down the left field line to score McKenna from first. During the ensuing at bat Martin advanced to third on a passed ball before touching home on an Anthony Giachin fielder’s choice.
The Cadets tacked on one additional run in the fifth after Jacob Hurtubise scored on a passed ball.
Unfortunately, the Mids scored one run in the sixth and bottom of the seventh to knot the score at 3-3 and send the originally scheduled seven-inning game into extras.
Neither team was able to muster anything in the eighth or ninth until Army’s finally broke through for two big runs on three hits in the top of the 10th. That inning was highlighted by Jon Rosoff’s double to left field, which scored what ended up being the game-winning run.
Cam Opp earned the win after coming in to close out the final 4.0 innings. The junior allowed three hits and one run during his time on the hill, while also fanning two batters.
In the nightcap, Army jumped on things early notching four runs in the third inning on five hits. Giachin, Titus, Rosoff, McKenna, and Josh White all recorded hits in the frame, with Rosoff compiling two RBI.
The Black Knights extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth after a Hurtubise RBI grounded out scored Giachin from third.
The Mids tallied their second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth after Christian Hodge drilled a shot to left field. His swing scored two runs and cut the Cadets’ lead to 5-2.
It remained a three-run Army edge until the Black Knights tacked on three final runs in the eighth inning to ultimately put the game out of reach. During the frame, six cadet-athletes recorded consecutive singles to bring home those key runs.
Daniel Burggraaf was credited with the win and shifted to 2-0 on the mound after going 6.0 innings. The junior gave up just three hits, two runs and four walks during his time on the hill. The Belfair, Wash., native also posted a game-high six strikeouts.