Navy Holds Off Baseball in 9-8 Final
April 13, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Navy's four-run seventh inning proved to be critical as the Midshipmen held off Lafayette 9-8 to win game one of the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. Andrew Santomauro had a home run, a triple and four RBI in the loss.
The victory improved the Mids to 18-20 overall and 4-7 in Patriot League play. Lafayette dropped to 9-18 on the year and 2-7 in conference play.
Navy got its offense going in the first with consecutive knocks by Travis Blue and Kash Manzelli against Lafayette right-hander David Bednar, who faced an early jam with runners on the corners and one out. Cleanup man David Norman worked a full count in the next at bat and drew a walk to load the bases for third baseman Drew Hayes. On the ninth pitch of the at bat, Hayes legged out a bases-clearing triple to the gap in right center to put Navy ahead 3-0. A bunt single by Brandon Beans had runners on the corners once again, when Brad Borosak lifted a fly ball to left field that was deep enough to score Hayes on the sacrifice fly. Navy held a 4-0 lead after sending eight men to the plate in the frame.
A leadoff homer by Santomauro that smacked the scoreboard in left field put the Leopards on the board in the bottom of first. The score held at 4-1 as Navy's Luke Gillingham fanned two and stranded Tim Lazor at first base following his base hit to center field.
Bednar settled down with a 1-2-3 inning in the second, including a strikeout of Nicholas Paglialonga to begin the frame. Following a quiet effort by the Lafayette offense in the bottom of the second, Bednar continued to find his groove and retired seven straight Midshipmen when Hayes flied out to centerfield at the end of the Navy third.
Lafayette put together a two-out rally against Gillingham in the third when Jackson Kramer was hit by a pitch and Alex Woinski laced a double inside the third base bag to put runners at second and third for cleanup hitter Tim Lazor. The Leopards' designated hitter connected on the first pitch right back through the middle and both runners scored on the play to pull Lafayette within a run at 4-3.
Bednar tacked on a strikeout to begin the fourth when he sent down Beans looking on a 3-2 pitch. His run of retiring eight straight batters ended, however, when Borosak turned on a pitch that hit off the base of the wall for a standup double. With two outs and a full count to Leland Saile, Bednar got him swinging on a pitch in the dirt, but the ball went to the backstop, allowed Borosak to score and Saile went to first base.
Navy led 5-3 after four complete innings when Gillingham stranded a pair of Lafayette runners. Bednar sent the Mids down in order in the fifth before Lafayette had two of the first three runners reach in the home half of the fifth. Kramer and Lazor each singled to put runners at first and second for catcher Parker Hills. Gillingham quickly got ahead in the count 0-2 and Hills went down swinging on an inside pitch. Tyler Hudson was up next for the Leopards, but Gillingham fanned him as well to strand a pair.
Bednar punched out the first two batters he faced in the fifth before walking and hitting the next two batters to come to the plate. Lafayette went to the bullpen and called on Alex Farina, who did his job as Paglialonga popped up to second base to end the inning. The book closed on Bednar, who gave up five runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking two in 5 2/3 innings. Bednar was credited with a no-decision.
The Maroon and White put runners on base again in the bottom of the sixth when Andrew Landolfi roped a single to center off Gillingham. The Navy starter faced one more batter, Michael Coniglio, who walked on four pitches before Tyler Ridgeway replaced him out of the Navy bullpen. Against Santoamauro with two on and one out, he reached on a fielder's choice when Coniglio was out at second on the ground ball. Kramer took first on a four-pitch free pass to bring up Woinski with the bases juiced and two outs. Woinski tied the game when he went the opposite way with a single that cleared the glove of Borosak leaping at second base. Woinski was the last batter that Ridgeway would face as Andrew Bartek entered the contest with runners at first at third. On the second pitch of the at bat, Lazor popped up to shortstop to end the inning.
Navy loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh for Hayes, as Connor McMahon came into the jam to replace Farina. McMahon's 1-1 pitch was high and inside and hit Hayes to help Navy to a 6-5 lead. With the infield in, Beans grounded McMahon's pitch to Woinski at first and he fired home to cut down the lead runner. At that point, Cory Spera came out of the bullpen to pitch to Borosak, who cleared the bases with a triple to right center.
The Leopards put their first two baserunners on in the bottom of the seventh against Borosak, who moved in from second base to pitch for Navy. With the bases chucked after Landolfi was hit by a pitch, Coniglio struck out swinging to bring up Santomauro. The first pitch to Lafayette's senior centerfielder was taken the opposite way and one-hopped off the wall to clear the bases. Santoamuro's triple had him 90 feet from home and he represented the tying run, but Kramer ended the game with a fly out to center field.