March 2, 2014
Army 16, Albany 1
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Eight players registered at least two hits as Army concluded play at the Campbell Classic with a 16-1 victory over Albany, Sunday at Jim Perry Stadium.
Army racked up 21 hits, posted its highest single-game run total of the season and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Army is now 5-4 and is scheduled to play Wagner next weekend.
Jon Crucitti had three hits and scored three hits, Mark McCants knocked in three runs, had three hits and scored twice, Jacob Page collected three hits and Patrick Mescher had two hits, including a home run, two runs scored and three RBI to pace the Black Knights. Daniel Cortes, Alex Jensen, Johnny Griffith and Connor Love all had two hits and Love plated three runs.
Army scored twice in the second, four times in the fifth and 10 times in the sixth inning.
Gunnar Carroll went six strong innings for Army, earning his first win of the season. He scattered six hits, allowed just one run and struck out six. Brock Davidson finished up, tossing three innings in his first outing of the season.
Albany, which beat Campbell on Friday, utilized five pitchers.
Army, listed as the visitor's, opened the scoring in the second inning. Cortes led off the inning with a single and Jensen singled. Jensen advanced on a wild pitch and Love delivered a single to score two runs.
Albany got a run back in the bottom of the second on a run-scoring double by Craig Lepre.
Army added to its lead in the fifth inning. Crucitti reached on a two-base throwing error and scored when McCants singled one out later. Following a pitching change, Mescher homered to left field to plate two more runs. Page singled and stole second and came across on a Jensen single.
The Black Knights continued to add runs. In the sixth, Johnny Griffith led off with a single, before Crucitti singled. One out later, McCants singled to score Griffith. Mescher singled for his second hit of the game to plate Crucitti. Page then delivered a single to score McCants prompting a pitching change. Jensen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run and Love knocked in his third run of the game with a single.
Crucitti, hitting for the second time in the inning, singled in a run. Earls doubled to left to clear the bases and scored on McCants' second hit of the inning, giving Army a 16-1 advantage.
Army scored 10 runs and sent 14 hitters to the plate in the inning.
Davidson entered for Army in the seventh and threw three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits and struck out four while not issuing a walk.
GAME NOTES: Army was the visiting team ... Sophomore Brock Davidson made his first appearance on the season on the mound ... Army scored 14 runs against the University of Massachusetts last weekend in Cary, N.C. ... Freshman Baggio Saldivar made his collegiate debut .... Sophomore Ryan Levenhagen played left field, his first appearance this season, and singled in the ninth.