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Baseball Notebook: Academies look to build off an offense laden week

The academies have scored 114 runs over the last week.

Runs galore! It was an offensive week for the academies, and it showed as they scored a combined 114 runs in 11 games.

As they slowly creep back towards five hundred, the offense will be a key emphasis to win some more games.

Can they keep it alive?

Results

Friday

Air Force 11, Cal Baptist 5

Saturday

Army 3, Lehigh 1

Cal Baptist 21, Air Force 4

Lehigh 3, Army 2

Holy Cross 6, Navy 5

Sunday

Army 14, Lehigh 4

Navy 13, Holy Cross 4

Air Force 18, Cal Baptist 7

Navy 20, Holy Cross 5

Tuesday

Northern Colorado vs Air Force – Cancelled

Wednesday

Navy 13, Mount St. Mary’s 10

Army 11, Hartford 6

Schedule

Thursday

Air Force 10, Nevada 3

Friday

Air Force vs Nevada – 4 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Saturday

Army vs Lafayette – NOON

Lehigh vs Navy – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Army vs Lafayette – 2:30 p.m.

Lehigh vs Navy – 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Air Force vs Nevada – 4 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Sunday

Lehigh vs Navy – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Army vs Lafayette – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Air Force vs Nevada – 4 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Tuesday

Fordham vs Army – 3 p.m. (ESPN+)

Air Force vs No.7 Texas – 7:30 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

Wednesday

Bucknell vs Navy – 4:30 p.m.

Army vs Holy Cross – 5 p.m.

Air Force vs No.7 Texas – 5 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

Navy

The Midshipmen needed to produce this weekend and they did just that.

After a close loss to Holy Cross in the closing innings of Saturday evening, they scored 33 runs on 34 hits in a Sunday doubleheader against the Crusaders.

“Most importantly that was a doubleheader we needed to sweep,” Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos said postgame, “This is something we needed to keep us moving in the right direction, we got it done from the standpoint of our offense being very good today. We got it from almost everybody, up and down the lineup we got contributions, that’s the only way you can have this kind of day.

They opened the afternoon with a seven-run first inning that ultimately ended up giving the Mids a 13-4 win. It would be followed by a 20-5 result in which Colin Smith went 4-6 with a grand slam and seven RBI. The play earned him Patriot League athlete and player of the week honors.

The offense wouldn’t stop after that though.

The Midshipmen hit a season-high three home runs on Wednesday against Mount St. Mary’s to beat the Mountaineers by a score of 13-10. It was also head coach Paul Kostacopoulous’ 1000th career victory.

“I’m just very thankful, I’ve been able to be in the game for a while,” said Kostacopoulos on reaching 1,000 career wins. “I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches, there’s a list of them that have gone on to do some really great things. Certainly, the players, they sacrifice everything. They come out and play the game and have been so important over the years. I’m kind of reflecting back now on all the guys I’ve coached over the years and it’s pretty amazing. What they do, how they go about playing the game, it really is amazing.”

He’ll look for a few more wins this weekend as Navy hosts Lehigh.

Army

Army carried a seven-game winning streak into this weekend and would look to add to it in a weekend series against Lehigh.

In the series-opener, Connelly Early threw a gem. He would pitch six innings of three-hit ball, resulting in a 3-1 Army win. The streak would end there, as Army fell to the Mountain Hawks in game two by a score of 3-2.

But, as one book closes another one opens.

The Black Knights would score 25 runs over the next two games, starting a new winning streak.

In Sunday’s game, Army scored runs in six innings as Kevin Dubrule went a perfect 4-4 with three RBI. He would follow that up with a 3-4 line at the plate on Wednesday, racking up three RBI and hitting a home run.

Army will look to add to that streak in a weekend series against Lafayette.

Air Force

Coming into the weekend on a three-game winning streak, Air Force would look to continue their strong play in a weekend series against Cal Baptist.

They would win the first game by a score of 11-5 but the story was on the mound.

Once again, Paul Skenes was dishing. In the top of the sixth inning though, a comebacker would hit off his face and he would have to leave the game. He was taken out of the game as a precaution and re-evaluated in the morning. Luckily, he made the start for the Falcons in the series opener on Thursday, pitching seven innings of two-run ball.

The Falcons would take the series against Cal Baptist with an 18-7 win on Sunday, winning its third consecutive series. Gabriel Garcia went five for five with a triple, two doubles, and two singles.

Air Force will look for their fourth consecutive series win as they visit Nevada over the weekend.