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Baseball beats Lehigh in a senior day packed with offense

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy baseball team (23-16, 13-8 PL) tried hard on Senior Day to pull off a doubleheader sweep over Lehigh (19-18-1, 6-11 PL), 12-2 and 10-4 wins to earn the Patriot League series victory Saturday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.

Led by second year students Tyler Grenn’s complete game outing and a career-high six RBI from fellow sophomores Brock Murtha in the opener, the Midshipmen got five strong innings of senior relief Nolan Jorgenson in the nightcap that was buoyed by freshman three-RBI games Jack Killelea and oldest Anthony Fiallo.

Summary of game one

Navy came out strong in the first game as a senior Zane Rabas leadoff single in the first inning set the stage for Murtha, who hit a one-out home run into the opposite field to put the Mids up 2-0.

With Grenn and Lehigh starter Cole Leaman dueling for the next three frames, the Mids struck again in the fifth inning with four more runs as Raba singled against his home teammate. Eduardo Diaz and Murtha scored fellow sophomores Mac McCommons on a sacrifice fly for classmate Victor Izquierdo doubled in Raba and senior Hudson Lehnertz with a ball down the third base line.

In another big frame in the sixth, Navy scored six times as a pair of singles were followed by McCommons’ bunt single to bring in freshmen Andreas Manning, while another bunt from Raba Diaz scored. Murtha then doubled with the bases loaded, driving in all three runners before scoring himself on a double by senior Logan Keller.

Returning for the seventh inning, Lehigh finally got to Grenn in the final inning on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Jake Whitlinger and an RBI single by Ryan Cochran broke up the shutout, but Grenn fanned Rafe Perich to lead the first to grab. complete game of his college career.

Grenn finished the start with two runs allowed on eight hits, picking up six strikeouts and three walks in his fifth win of the season and throwing 123 pitches.

Leaman ended up with the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings, while Tyler Thompson pitched the final inning for Lehigh, allowing another six runs (four earned) on five hits.

Summary of game two

After both teams went scoreless through the first two innings, Lehigh opened the scoring in the nightcap when a three-run third inning was started with back-to-back walks and an RBI single from Perich, while a fielder’s choice and Raffaele Rogers singled. with two outs later in the frame added two more runs to the scoreboard. Navy answered back defensively in the fourth, as Murtha made a varying play at second base and lasered a throw to Izquierdo for the second out, while Fiallo made a Superman-like dive two pitches later into left field to end the inning.

The Mids were held hitless until the fifth inning by Teddy Tolliver and finally broke through when Manning walked and Diaz singled to set up two for Killelea, who hit his first collegiate homer to right to tie the game at 3-3. Fiallo. A hit-by-pitch and two walks loaded the bases with two outs before Fiallo’s bases-clearing double off the wall in the sixth, giving Navy a 6-3 lead.

Back-to-back doubles by Cochran and Perich to start the seventh accounted for the fourth Lehigh run before Jorgenson was put out to prevent further damage, and Navy responded with a run of its own at the bottom of the frame as Diaz worked a bases. filled walk to score Murtha.

Murtha extended the lead to 9-4 in the eighth when he tripled down the right field line to plate Fiallo and Raba, driving in himself on an Izquierdo sacrifice fly to make it 10-4. Junior closer Landon Kruer and freshmen Evan Foster then combined to finish off the Mountain Hawks in the ninth, securing the series victory over Lehigh.

Senior starter Matthew Shirah pitched three innings for Navy, allowing three runs on four walks despite striking out four, while Jorgenson picked up the win by holding Lehigh to one run on four hits in his five frames out of the bullpen, while Kruer got two outs in the ninth before Foster stopped. Tyler Young to end the game.

Tolliver was given the loss after allowing five runs on three hits in 5.1 innings, while Brandon Coughlin followed with two runs allowed over one frame before David Andolina (two runs) and Shane O’Neill (one run) both 0 It lasted 2 innings, while Joe Ingino accounted for the final out for Lehigh.

Game notes

• Navy is now 102-53 in the all-time series with Lehigh, winning the last six games between the teams.
• Navy’s 83 hits this season is a single-season program record.
• The Mids’ 75 stolen bases on the campaign rank sixth-most in single-season history.
• With 14 hit-by-pitches each this year, Murtha and Raba rank third in the program’s single-season history.
• Raba’s 26 steals are third-most by a Navy player in a season, matching Robert Currie’s total from 2014.
• Jorgenson’s five innings matched his career high last Sunday at Holy Cross.
• Izquierdo has reached base safely in 15 straight games, while Diaz extended his on-base streak to 13 straight games.

Next one

Navy and Lehigh wrap up the season series Sunday at 1 p.m.