Lafayette Baseball Falls to Navy in Patriot League Doubleheader
April 19, 2003
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy starting pitchers Rich McDevitt and Andy Froistad threw back-to-back complete-game shutouts, as the Mids swept a doubleheader from Lafayette Saturday, 5-0 and 2-0, at Max Bishop Stadium.
McDevitt tied a career-high with nine strikeouts in the opener, while Froistad scattered five hits in the nightcap to improve to 4-0 overall.
In the first game, Navy took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Brad Hager came home from third on D.J. Faldowski's ground out to second and Matt Foster scored on a wild pitch by James Duer.
Matt Lukevics scored from first base on a double to left by Faldowski in the fourth. With Faldowski on third, Doug Silverman executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score the freshman and give the Mids a 4-0 lead.
Navy added a run in the sixth on Craig Candeto's double down the right field line to score Foster, who reached on a one-out single.
McDevitt scattered five hits en route to his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career.
Duer went the distance for the Leopards and dropped to 1-3 overall.
Navy (15-17, 9-5 PL) plated two runs in the bottom of first of the nightcap, aided by three balks by Lafayette starting hurler Marcus Ward. Pete Curnow led off with a single to left center and went to second on a balk before scoring on Chris Ashinhurst's first triple of the season.
Froistad and Ward sailed through the next five innings before the Navy right-hander ran into a little trouble in the sixth. A lead off walk and single by Rob Fioretti put Leopards on first and second with nobody out. Froistad then got a fly out, a force out at third on a fielder's choice and a fly out left Lafayette (10-15, 6-7) empty handed.
Froistad picked up his first shutout of the season and the second of his career, walking just two batters with three strikeouts. Ward gave up just six hits and two earned runs, while striking out five and walking one batter in six innings to fall to 3-1 overall.