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Baseball Notebook: Army roars back towards five-hundred with a winning streak

Army has won a season-high seven straight.

Don’t let Army get hot!

The Black Knights have won seven straight and currently sit in first place of the Patriot League, a place they’ve been well accustomed to the past couple of seasons.

They’re not alone though as Air Force has won four of five and Navy two of its last three.

Don’t call it a comeback!

Results

Friday

Air Force 6, Fresno State 2

Saturday

Lehigh 10, Navy 4

Army 7, Holy Cross 0

Navy 9, Lehigh 3

Army 13, Holy Cross 7

Fresno State 8, Air Force 6

Sunday

Air Force 4, Fresno State 3

Monday

Lafayette 3, Navy 2

Army 13, Holy Cross 0

Navy 5, Lafayette 2

Army 6, Holy Cross 3

Tuesday

Air Force 9, Abilene Christian 4

Wednesday

Army 8, Siena 3

Air Force 9, Abilene Christian 4

Schedule

Friday

Cal Baptist vs Air Force – 5 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Saturday

Army vs Lehigh – NOON (ESPN+)

Navy vs Holy Cross – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Cal Baptist vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Army vs Lehigh – 2:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Navy vs Holy Cross – 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Sunday

Army vs Lehigh – NOON (ESPN+)

Navy vs Holy Cross – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Cal Baptist vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Mountain West Network)

Tuesday

Northern Colorado vs Air Force – 5 p.m.

Wednesday

Navy vs Mount St.Mary’s – 3:30 p.m. (NEC Front Row)

Army vs Hartford – 3:30 p.m.

Army

Army currently holds the fourth-longest winning streak in the country and after a rough start, has a chance to get over five-hundred for the first time since the season opener.

The Black Knights swept a four-game series against Holy Cross over the weekend, shutting the Crusaders out in both doubleheader openers. The offense was also there, scoring a combined 39 runs in the four games.

Connelly Early and Patrick Melamphy each pitched six innings of shutout ball over the weekend. Ross Friedrick hit .600 and won Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

Army would follow that up with an 8-3 win over Siena in the midweek, reaching win number seven.

The Black Knights are currently on their longest winning streak of the season and will look to add on to that with a three-game series at Lehigh.

Air Force

Now, this is what we expected out of the Air Force Falcons! They have won four of their last five, taking take their first Mountain West series of the year.

It began as Mountain West Pitcher of the Week, Paul Skenes pitched another gem in the series opener. He went six innings, giving up only one run.

The Bulldogs would tie the series on Saturday but Air Force would take the series on Sunday as Doyle Gehring pitched a three-inning save.

“Every game is a dogfight, and our cadets showed tremendous grit and resiliency in our effort today,” Air Force head coach Mike Kazlausky said after Sunday’s game, “These wins, especially on the road, shows that we have what it takes to make some noise in our conference.”

Air Force would follow that up with a midweek sweep against Abilene Christian, winning both games by a score of 9-4. Those wins pushed the Falcons to a three-game winning streak.

They’ll look to add on to it with a series against Cal Baptist over the weekend.

Navy

The Midshipmen just needed to get some rust off over the weekend. After dropping the first game in both doubleheaders, Navy would win game two by multiple runs.

On Saturday, it was an offensive showing as they won 9-3. The Midshipmen would thrash 17 hits led by Zane Raba who went 3-6 in the nightcap.

Monday’s win was more of a pitching effort as Matthew Shirah gave up two runs over five innings. In the first game, Liam Golden pitched a complete game but was handed the loss as he gave up three earned.

“I think our pitching was outstanding all day today,” Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos said after Monday’s doubleheader, “I thought all our guys on the mound today were good, they really went out and attacked the zone.”

Navy will look to continue its good play as they visit Holy Cross for three games this weekend.