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Baseball Notebook: Academies look for a fresh start after a tough March

All three teams picked up a win in the midweek and are looking to start win streaks.

We’re back after a little March Madness hiatus but haven’t missed all too much. All three academies sit under five-hundred and have had rough starts to conference play.

Luckily, they all won in the midweek and have a chance to gain momentum over the weekend.

On Sunday, an Army/Navy doubleheader graces national television. Also, Air Force jumps back into conference play with a home series against New Mexico.

Who can build off the midweek win and find themselves closer to a positive record?

Results

Friday, March 4

Air Force 7, Nevada 3

Army 5, Pitt 3

Nevada 19, Air Force 18 (13)

Saturday, March 5

Nevada vs Air Force – PPD

Central Connecticut State 5, Navy 2

Navy 4, Central Connecticut State 1

Campbell 6, Army 5

Sunday, March 6

Ohio State 12, Army 7

Central Connecticut State 11, Navy 4

Tuesday, March 8

UT Arlington 8, Army 4

Wednesday, March 9

Army 8, UT Arlington 5

Thursday, March 10

Mount St. Mary’s 15, Navy 4

Friday, March 11

Marist 4, Navy 1

Navy 4, Marist 1

Air Force 8, Minnesota 7

Saturday, March 12

#21 TCU 6, Army 4

Air Force 15, Minnesota 6

#21 TCU 6, Army 5 (10)

Sunday, March 13

Minnesota 7, Air Force 6

Marist 5, Navy 2

#21 TCU 5, Army 2

Tuesday, March 15

UMass 4, Navy 3

Oklahoma 10, Air Force 4

Wednesday, March 16

Oklahoma 8, Air Force 7

Friday, March 18

Bucknell 12, Navy 2

Elon 7, Army 3

UNLV 6, Air Force 1

Saturday, March 19

Bucknell 7, Navy 2

Elon 6, Army 1

UNLV 17, Air Force 10

Sunday, March 20

Bucknell 11, Navy 0

Army 6, Elon 5

Navy 5, Bucknell 2

UNLV 8, Air Force 5

Tuesday, March 22

Navy 7, UMES 5

Wednesday, March 23

Army 15, Siena 5

Air Force 4, Kansas State 3

Schedule

Friday, March 25

New Mexico vs Air Force – 3 p.m. EST (Mountain West Network)

Saturday, March 26

Army vs Bucknell – NOON

Holy Cross vs Navy – 1 p.m.

New Mexico vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Army vs Bucknell – 2:30 p.m.

Holy Cross vs Navy – 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 27

Army vs Navy – 2 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

New Mexico vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Army vs Navy – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Tuesday, March 29

Navy vs UMBC – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30

Hofstra vs Army – 3 p.m.

Army

This hasn’t exactly been the start to the season that the Black Knights expected.

After losing 13 of its first 16 games, Army has won two straight heading into the start of conference play.

The Black Knights began the month with a 1-2 weekend in the All-America Classic. Opening with a big eighth-inning to beat Pitt, the Black Knights were walked off against Campbell and lost a high-scoring game against Ohio State on Sunday.

They then took the trip to Texas to play two against UT Arlington and another three against TCU. It wasn’t all too kind but they stayed competitive winning one of five as Kevin Dubrule won Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

Dubrule went 11-20 on the week with a double and a triple.

The road warriors would continue their trek around America losing its first against Elon before building a win-streak with a win in the finale and then another against Siena in the midweek.

Army will look to add onto the streak with four Patriot League games and a midweek against Hofstra.

Air Force

When you have a player as highly touted as Paul Skenes, he’s of course going to get all the attention.

Skenes was out for two weeks with an undisclosed injury and Air Force definitely missed him. They went 2-3 in absence and could’ve used his bat in this past weekends series against UNLV.

The Falcons opened Mountain West play with a series split against Nevada. In the opener, Skenes pitched six innings, giving up only three runs. They would lose the next game in thrilling fashion, 19-18, in 13 innings. A ten-run eighth by the Falcons forced extras but they couldn’t get the job done.

Air Force would then head up to Minneapolis to face Minnesota. They took two of three, losing the final game of the series by a run. That also began a six-game losing streak where they would get swept in the midweek by Oklahoma and over the weekend against UNLV.

Luckily, AFA would be able to snap the losing streak with a win at Kansas State in the midweek. Gabriel Garcia went 3-5 with a solo shot in the 3rd inning, as the Falcons held the lead from the 7th inning on.

The Falcons will look to get back on track with a Mountain West series against New Mexico.

Navy

Navy has had a tough run of it in baseball, losing ten of 11 before winning its last two.

Getting swept by Marist and taking one from Central Connecticut and Bucknell, the Midshipmen now sit at 9-11 on the season after a strong 6-3 start.

Looking at the brightside, the bullpen has looked strong and Christian Policelli has become one of the best hitting catchers in the nation. Starting all 20 games, Policelli is hitting .378.

The Midshipmen have been able to rally off two wins in a row before a big weekend of doubleheaders in the Patriot League. They will host Holy Cross for two on Saturday before hosting Army on Sunday.