Crimson Takes Crimson/Navy Series with 7-4 Victory
The Crimson team took the Crimson/Navy series by way of a 7-4 victory on Friday.
Nov. 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The Crimson team earned the series victory in the Crimson/Navy series on Friday, defeating the Navy squad for the second straight day, this time by a count of 7-4 at Page Stadium.
Navy got on the board first in the first inning, plating a two-out run off of Crimson starter Sean Buckle. A two-out walk to David Edwards proved costly for the lefty when Cullen Mahoney belted a RBI-triple into right field to bring home the run.
Edwards flashed some leather in the second to maintain the lead, cutting down Kevin Garcia as he tried to come home on a hard-hit ball to short with one out.
Down 1-0, Crimson came alive in the middle innings, plating two in the fourth and three more in the fifth to claim a 5-1 lead after five. A Matt Lowenstein single got things going in the fourth before Colton Plaia, the Crimson player-manager, doubled to put runners at second and third. Trezek played team baseball from there, driving in a run with a groundout, before Garcia singled-home Plaia.
Tough luck struck Navy left-hander Matt Florer in the fifth. After getting the first two hitters without incident, Florer struck out Tanner Donnels only to have Donnels reach on a wild pitch. A walk to Lowenstein followed, setting the table for a RBI-single off the bat of Plaia. A botched pick-off allowed Plaia to move to second as the Navy-killer, Trezek, promptly drove in two more with a single to cap the frame.
Showing fight, Navy put up a three-spot in the sixth, benefitting from some control issues from freshman right-hander Michael Silva on the mound. The righty walked four in the inning, including back-to-back free passes with the bases full. With the bases still full and one out, Bret Dahlson snagged a liner at first and tag the bag for an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.
The Crimson added two more insurance runs in the seventh, including the homer from Boney and the fourth RBI from Trezek, before Justin Grijalva shut the door on the Navy in the bottom of the inning.
The two teams will play a non-decisive, but still competitive, game three on Saturday at 1 pm. Carlos Fuentes will toe the rubber for Navy looking to salvage a victory in the series. Crimson will look to right-hander Patrick McGrath for the sweep.