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Baseball Notebook: Navy will look to build off a three-game winning streak

Both Air Force and Army are on losing streaks.

The cool thing about college baseball is that it’s a 56-game season so you can take some losses. Last year’s national champion had 18 of them. We all know that baseball is a game of streaks.

Currently, Air Force and Army are both on one of the losing fashion while Navy has one in a winning way. To be fair to the Black Knights, it doesn’t help that they had to play the class of the sport, Vanderbilt.

Luckily for everyone, there will be plenty of chances to pick up some more wins. Let’s take some series!

Results

Friday

No.4 Vanderbilt 7, Army 2

Air Force 2, Navy 1

Saturday

Navy 5, Air Force 1 (7)

No.4 Vanderbilt 10, Army 7

Navy 2, Air Force 1 (7)

Sunday

No.4 Vanderbilt 6, Army 0

Monday

Campbell 3, Air Force 2

Wednesday

Navy 7, George Mason 6

Schedule

Friday

Nevada vs Air Force – 12:30 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Pitt vs Army (Fayetteville, NC)– 3 p.m.

Nevada vs Air Force – 3:30 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Central Connecticut State vs Navy – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday

Nevada vs Air Force – 1 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Central Connecticut State vs Navy – 1 p.m.

Campbell vs Army (Fayetteville, NC) – 5 p.m.

Sunday

Ohio State vs Army – 11 a.m.

Central Connecticut State vs Navy – 1 p.m.

Tuesday

Army vs UT Arlington – 7:30 p.m. (Mavericks All-Access)

Wednesday

Mount St.Mary’s vs Navy – 4:30 p.m.

Army vs UT Arlington – 7:30 p.m. (Mavericks All-Access)

Navy

The Midshipmen are currently on a three-game winning streak and have shown that they’ve learned a lot from their tough opening week on the mound.

In its three games against UMBC and Coppin State, Navy gave up 34 runs in 30 innings pitched. This past week they gave up 10 runs in 32 innings pitched, holding a Golden Spikes watchlist player in Paul Skenes to 1-8 at the plate.

“The big thing was our pitching staff all weekend, they had three quality outings. I wouldn’t even necessarily call them starts, we got it from everybody. Everyone did a good job throwing strikes and from a standpoint of where we were at a week ago to where we are today, I feel a lot better about that,” Navy head coach Paul Kostacoulos said after Saturday’s doubleheader.

Navy began their weekend with a 2-1 loss on Friday to Air Force in North Carolina. They would rebound with a sweep of a doubleheader on Saturday, as Sunday’s game was moved up.

Air Force rallied to tie game one in the fifth inning, but two Midshipmen runs in the fifth ended up being the difference.

In the nightcap, Freshman Liam Golden made his first career start, allowing one hit and retiring nine of the first 11 batters. Navy would take a 2-0 advantage in the third inning and not look back from there.

The Midshipmen would return back to the DMV for a midweek game at George Mason and it was a thriller. In a 6-6 tie entering the top of the ninth, Colin Smith laced a two-out RBI single up the middle to give the Midshipmen the lead and ultimately the win.

This weekend, Navy will host Central Connecticut State for a three-game series and then Mount St.Mary’s in the midweek.

Air Force

The offense is just not clicking for the Falcons right now.

“The big thing was our pitching staff all weekend, they had three quality outings. I wouldn’t even necessarily call them starts, we got it from everybody. Everyone did a good job throwing strikes and from a standpoint of where we were at a week ago to where we are today, I feel a lot better about that,” Air Force head coach Mike Kazlausky said after dropping the series to Navy over the weekend.

Although his bats have struggled, the pitching staff has been nearly flawless for the Falcons.

On Friday, college baseball’s Shohei Ohtani, Paul Skenes, pitched six innings on two-hit ball. Behind him, Zach Argo and Doyle Gehring combined for three innings of two-hit ball, taking the opener by a score of 2-1.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Falcons only gave up ten hits in 14 innings pitched but dropped both games as they had eight hits. They would quickly turn around and lose on a walk-off to Campbell, 3-2. The Camels beat No.15 NC State later in the week.

This weekend, Air Force will open Mountain West play against preseason favorite Nevada. The Wolfpack have opened this season with a 3-4 record, taking one of three against UCSB last weekend.

Army

It was a tough weekend for the Black Knights in Nashville, but they showed some fight.

Trailing by seven in the ninth inning on Saturday, Army scored four runs, cutting the game to three. They could not get the job done though and that was the closest they would be, dropping all three games.

“There are a lot of pieces that are starting to come together. We just have to actually put them together,” head coach Kevin Debrule said.

One was the pitching out of the bullpen. In the final six innings of relief, the Black Knights gave up only one earned run.

It doesn’t get any easier but Army will look to gain some momentum as they travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina to play against Pitt, Campbell, and Ohio State. They will then head to UT Arlington to play two games against the Mavericks in the middle of the week.