April 2, 2006
Annapolis, Md. - Navy sophomore Mitch Harris tossed a complete game two-hitter and went 4-for-8 at the plate with three runs scored as Navy began its Patriot League play with a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross, 10-1 and 4-2, in baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Midshipmen improved to 21-8-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Crusaders fell to 9-9-1 and 0-2 in league action.
In game one, Holy Cross jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second. With one out, Kyle Lister doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tyler Stampone would bring home Lister on a single through the left side.
After recording only two hits over the first-four innings, Navy's bats exploded for 10 runs in the fifth. The Midshipmen racked up 12 hits as 16 Midshipmen came to the plate in the inning.
After giving up the pair of hits in the second, Harris did not allow a base hit for the rest of the afternoon, facing only one over the minimum during his final 5.2 innings on the hill.
Holy Cross Mike Miller was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts in four innings. Miller dropped to 2-2 on the year.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the host Midshipmen struck first with two runs in the second.
After being held scoreless for 10-straight innings, the Crusaders crossed the plate twice in the sixth to knot the game at two. Tucker Frawley doubled down the left field line with one out and moved to third on a Brendan Akashian single to center. With a full count, Akashian got caught in a run-down, but Frawley took off from third and scored as he beat the throw to the plate. Following a single and a strikeout, Brian Abraham produced a run-scoring single to bring in Akashian.
But Navy answered back with a run in the bottom half of the sixth to go ahead, 3-2.
The Midshipmen tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, as Joshua Martinez singled through the left side to plate senior Jared Munde from second and make the score 4-2.
Navy starter Mark McCoy improved to 4-1 on the season. McCoy tied his career high with 10 strikeouts while scattering five hits and two runs over seven innings of work.
Scott Hampe picked up the loss despite a complete game effort in the back-end of the doubleheader on Saturday. Hampe yielded eight hits and four runs, all earned, with one walk and four strikeouts in throwing 99 pitches during his eight-inning effort.
Norm Roth collected a pair of doubles, as he was the lone Crusader to post a multi-hit performance.
In addition to limiting Holy Cross to three runs in the two games, Navy's pitching staff held the guests to nine hits over 16 innings on Saturday, while striking out 24 batters with only four walks.
Navy and Holy Cross will wrap up this weekend's league-opening series with a Sunday doubleheader at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium, with first pitch slated for 12 noon.