Walk-Off Heroics Propel Navy to Series Sweep
Navy took game two easily on Saturday before earning the walk-off win in game three.
Dec. 1, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Senior Sean Dovel finished four-for-four with three home runs in game two on Saturday, including a walk-off shot over the Mikos Blue Monster in left field, to secure the Navy three-game sweep of Crimson in a doubleheader to conclude LMU's annual Crimson vs. Navy Series. Navy won game one by a count of 11-2 before taking game two, 7-6.
Navy and Crimson were locked in a close game one on Saturday, with each team failing to score through four innings of play. To that point, right-handers Andy Beal and Mike Kenney limited both sides to one hit apiece. Beal exited the mound after tossing five shutout innings and allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five batters.
The stalemate was lifted in the top of the fifth inning when Navy exploded for nine runs on five hits and two errors to end Kenney's day on the hill for Crimson. The Carlsbad, Calif. native tossed four innings and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Three-straight singles loaded the bases before Ernie Cho entered to replace Kenney. Jonathan Johnson singled on the ensuing play to plate the first two runs of the inning. Four more runs crossed on a Kyle Spraker sacrifice fly that was dropped in centerfield and an error by shortstop T.J. Filicia. Cho, who allowed six runs (one earned) on two hits in a third of an inning, was replaced by Jordan Santarsiero later in the frame. The right-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif. surrendered two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks while striking out one batter in the final two and two-thirds innings of work.
Navy would extend the 9-0 advantage to 11-0 in the sixth inning, with the big blow coming off the bat of Angelo Songco when he doubled home Johnson. Songco later came around to score on a dropped fly ball in right field off the bat of A.J. LaMonda.
Crimson refused to be shutout, plating two runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Russel Lowell to run the tally to 11-2. Ryan Wheeler collected an RBI-single to right field and Ollie Enos pushed the second run of the game across for Crimson with a single to shortstop on the ensuing play.
Lowell did not struggle in the seventh inning, retiring the side in order to finish with two innings pitched while allowing two runs on three hits and one walk.
Songco led the Navy team with two hits and two RBI in the game, while Enos recorded two hits for Crimson.
The two teams combined for six home runs in game two of the day, including three from Dovel and two from Songco. Dovel finished with four RBI to accompany his four hits and three homers for Navy. Songco concluded the game three-for-four with two runs scored and two RBI.
Andy Preston added a home run for Crimson in the first inning while Wheeler and T.J. Bernardy contributed two hits apiece. Martin Viramontes got the start for Navy, lasting five innings and allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Nate Keadle followed with one inning of work and allowed one run on two hits while striking out a batter.
Kevin Hernandez got the call to start for Crimson in game three, tossing four and a third innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Brett Williams replaced Hernandez in the fifth and pitched the next inning and two-thirds scoreless while allowing only one hit and striking out two batters.
After Preston's home run made it 1-0 in favor of Crimson in the top of the first, Navy answered back with two runs in the bottom of the frame on the first of Dovel's three home runs--a two-run shot over the wall in left field.
Crimson knotted the game at two runs apiece in the third when Enos doubled home Filicia with one out. The battle continued in the bottom of the fourth when Navy pushed a third run across the plate. Michael Lowe came up with the big hit, singling-in Andrew Irvine.
Songco and Dovel went back-to-back in the fifth inning to extend the Navy advantage to 5-2 before Crimson cut the lead to 5-3 with a run in the top of the sixth.
Trailing by three and three outs from being swept, Crimson rallied for three runs to take a 6-5 advantage. Greg Meyers entered to pitch for Navy, and when all was said and done, allowed all three runs (one earned) over two-thirds of the inning as Will Dugoni could not record the final out with runners at second and third and two out in the frame. Instead, Wheeler turned-in the clutch double to plate Enos and Brett Mendoza for Crimson and send the game into the bottom of the seventh.
With Chris Eusebio on to try for the save, Songco led off with his second homer of the game to erase all hope for that tally. Just a few pitches later, Dovel made it back-to-back for the second time in the game, homering over the wall in left field before being mobbed by his Navy teammates to finish the walk-off victory.
Awards honoring the Fall Series' outstanding performances were announced following Saturday's game two. The Outstanding Pitcher honor went to Beal of Navy, while Johnson took home the Series MVP selection.