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Around the Bases: Navy Riding Four Game Win Streak

Weather interferes with Air Force first week of conference play and Army picks up solid win over Tulane.

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Navy (6-6)

The Midshipmen have certainly produced some solid pitching performances in the young season, but it was their bats that produced an impressive four game winning streak. After suffering a 3-0 loss to UMass last Saturday, Navy managed to average over 10 runs per game over their next four game which leveled the Midshipmen to .500 on the season with a 6-6 overall record. The first two wins of the current streak included a 17-run double header on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Central Connecticut and a 12-4 win in a rematch against UMass. Freshman Zach Stevens went 5 for 6 on the day which led to being named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Navy followed up their weekend with an 11-3 win over Delaware State thanks in large part to a .750 and 3 RBI performance by Zach Biggers and a solid start from Charlie Connolly who picked up his first win of the year. The Mids then combined for 17 hits in a 13-4 win over UMBC.

Up Next: Navy will host a three-game series against win-less Cornell this weekend before playing Villanova (2-10) twice as part of a two-game midweek series. This is Navy’s final week of the season that will not feature Patriot League play.

Stat Leaders:

Zach Stevens - .412; .647 slugging

Liam Lowery - .317; 13 hits, 9 RBIs

Noah Song - 0.00 ERA; 18.2 IP, 1-0

Air Force (6-3)

Weather didn’t let Air Force compete much this week, but the Falcons did put together a solid win in their only game of the week with a 9-5 victory over San Diego State to open up Mountain West Conference play. Tommy Gillman led the Falcons in hits (2) and RBIs (3) in the win.

Jake Gilbert came in to pitch after just two outs in the fourth inning and managed to pick up his second win of the season by finishing the game through 5.1 innings, striking out five and allowing zero runs on just three hits.

Up Next: The Falcons will continue conference play when they travel to San Jose State (7-5) this weekend before hosting a midweek match-up on Tuesday when Northern Colorado (2-7) visits Colorado Springs.

Stat Leaders:

Ashton Easley - .333; 11 hits, 8 runs

Nic Ready - .306; 11 its, 7 RBIs

Jake Gilbert - 0.00 ERA; 12.2 IP, 13 strikeouts

Army (5-4)

The Black Knights may have only gone .500 for the week but they certainly picked up an impressive neutral site victory with a 7-6 walk-off win over Tulane. Trey Martin went 2 for 4 and scored twice in the win as part of the Army Baseball Classic.

West Point went 1-2 in their other three games which included a split with Saint Joseph’s and a 10-5 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. Sam Messina picked up his second win of the year in the Black Knights’ win over Saint Joseph’s and Jeremiah Adams contributed 3 RBIs.

Up Next: After defeating Tulane, Army plans to see if they can tackle another AAC foe when they travel to Houston (4-7) to take on the Cougars this weekend. The Black Knights will remain in the Lone Star state for the rest of the week when they battle Stephen F. Austin (5-8) in a two-game stand.

Stat Leaders:

Jacob Hurtubise - .387; 12 hits, 15 runs

Trey Martin - .353; 12 hits, 8 RBIs

Anthony Giachin - 16 RBIs, 10 runs

Tyler Giovinco - 2-0, 1.42 era, 15 strikeouts