March 18, 2014
Army 9, CCSU 1
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Jacob Page had four hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs as the Army baseball continued its torrid start with a 9-1 victory over Central Connecticut State, Tuesday at Chain of Lakes Stadium.
Army improved to 12-5, the team's best start since the 1986 squad opened the season 15-2. The 2005 team started 11-5 but dropped its next game.
“We played sound, with great rhythm and things are bouncing our way,” said Army interim head coach Matt Reid. “We are creating really good breaks for ourselves. It was a great day. The guys are doing a great job of coming locked in in every inning of every game. They are looking for good pitches to hit and not really chasing anything.”
Army has won all five of its games on its spring trip to Florida and its last six contests.
“You can’t get too high, you have to stay humble,” said Reid. “Guys are playing hard and it’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of. We still have a lot of things to clean up and we will take practice the next two days to do so. “
Page, who was 3-for-5 with five RBI in Army's 19-9 win over North Dakota State earlier in the day, led Army's 12-hit attack.
Army has totaled double-digit hits in nine of its 17 games thus far.
Brock Davidson made his first start of the season for Army and collected his first victory by throwing six innings of one-hit baseball. Davidson struck out three and walked two. Justin French threw the seventh and Julian Larimer the final two innings.
Jon Crucitti had two hits and scored twice for Army, while Kris Lindner knocked in two runs and had two base hits.
Army scored a season-high 19 runs earlier in the day against North Dakota State and quickly went on top of Central Connecticut State.
In the bottom of the first, Crucitti singled and Harold Earls was hit by a pitch. Mark McCants reached out a fielders' choice that led to the first out of the inning at second. Page then followed with a double to score Crucitti. McCants took third on the double and scored when Lindner grounded out to first, giving Army a 2-0 lead.
The Black Knights scored three times in the third. Crucitti was hit by a pitch and Earls singled. One later, Page singled to plate Crucitti. Alex Jensen then reached on an error, allowing Earls and Page to score to increase the Army advantaged to 5-0.
Army tacked on a run in the fifth. Page started the inning with a single and Lindner doubled to put runners on second and third. Jensen hit a sacrifice fly to plate Page.
In the sixth, Johnny Griffith reached on a two-base error, took third on a Crucitti single and scored on a ground out. With two outs, McCants singled and scored on an error, bumping Army's lead to 8-0.
Central Connecticut State scored its run in the eighth inning and Army matched it in the bottom half of the inning. McCants was hit by a pitch, Page singled and Lindner singled for the final run of the game.
Army will practice at the New York Yankees Complex on Wednesday and Thursday. The team will play a doubleheader against Harvard, Friday at noon at Tampa Jesuit High School.