Army Completes Four-Game Sweep Of Harvard

Logan Lee

Logan Lee

March 24, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Logan Lee fired a two-hit shutout in the opening game, and Mark McCants drove in four runs in the nightcap as Army swept a doubleheader from Harvard on Saturday at Doubleday Field.

Lee was dominant in the first game, and the Black Knights scratched out a run in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 decision from the Crimson. Army needed extra innings in the second contest as the Black Knights scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to earn a 7-6 victory.

The Black Knights, who have won five straight games and 10 of their last 12 contests, improve to 15-6 on the season following this weekend's four-game sweep. Harvard, which has lost 11 games by two runs or fewer this year, falls to 1-16.

"I'm very proud of the way our guy competed this weekend," said Army head coach Joe Sottolano. "I think we all agree that we didn't play our best baseball, but we did what we needed to do in order to win. We came from behind in the second game yesterday, and we won a game in extra innings today.

"Harvard really played the game well this weekend," added Sottolano. "They picked up the ball defensively, and competed at the plate. It was up to us to make something happen, and we were able to get it done. I'm very proud of character and resiliency our club showed throughout the series."

Lee (2-1) faced two over the minimum and allowed just a pair of singles en route to his second win of the year. The senior lefty struck out three and walked just one in his first career shutout. Lee, who seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, retired the final 12 batters of the game in order. He kept the ball down in the zone throughout, getting 16 outs on groundballs in the contest.

Army scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the third inning. Alex Jensen led off with a walk, moved to second base when Daniel Cortes drew a two-out walk and scored on Kevin McKague's RBI single.

The Black Knights were held to just two hits in the first game with McKague and Harold Earls recording singles.

Andrew Ferreira (0-2) was the tough-luck loser for Harvard. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out four and walked four batters.

Carlton Bailey was the only Harvard player to record a base hit in the first game, going 2-for-3 in the contest.

Harvard jumped out to 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the nightcap. Jeff Reynolds singled with one out and later scored on Jack Colton's RBI single.

Army responded quickly in the home half of the first inning as the Black Knights scored a pair of runs to move in front, 2-1. Zach Price walked leading off the inning and Cortes followed with a single. McKague was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. After J.T. Watkins grounded into a fielder's choice, McCants drew a bases loaded walk to force home Cortes from third. Cody Murtle then drove home McKague with the second run of the frame.

The Black Knights tacked on single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to extend their advantage to 5-1.

McCants picked up an RBI on a groundout to shortstop in the third, Price hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Jensen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Harvard rallied to within 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning as the Crimson scored three runs on four hits. Kyle Larrow delivered the big blow, rapping a two-run single off Army reliever Taylor Goucher.

Army got one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth with McCants driving home Price on a fielder's choice ground out.

Harvard rallied to tie the score in the top of the eighth, though, as Jake McGuiggan ripped a two-run double down the left field line.

After a scoreless ninth inning, Army plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Price laced a single to right center field leading off the frame, and he was moved to second base on Cortes' sacrifice bunt. Then, after Watkins was intentionally walked to load the bases, McCants drove home Price by grounding out to second.

Ken Jackson (1-1) got the final out of the top of the 10th and was credited with his first win of the season.

McKague and Watkins both collected two hits apiece to pace the Black Knights' offense in the second game. McCants finished 0-for-4 but drove in a career-high four runs.

Matt Timoney (0-2) took the loss for the Crimson after yielding Army's extra inning run.

Colton went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead Harvard offensively in the nightcap. McGuiggan, meanwhile, was 1-for-3 with three runs batted in.

Army will return to action on Wednesday, March 28, when the Black Knights travel to New York City to face Ivy League foe Columbia. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

Game Notes: Army improves to 33-47-1 all-time versus Harvard ... Army recorded its first 1-0 shutout since blanking Navy, 1-0, during the 2007 season ... it marked the Black Knights' second seven-inning shutout of the season ... Chris Rowley tossed a two-hit shutout versus George Washington in February ... the Black Knights wore their white pinstripe uniforms with black caps today ... with three hits in today's doubleheader, Kevin McKague moves into a tie with Clint Moore (USMA '11) for second place on Army's all-time hits list (233) ... McKague's RBI in the first game moved him into sole possession of second place on Army's all-time runs batted in list (153) ... McKague's run scored in the second game moves him into a tie with Bryan Price for fifth place on Army's all-time runs scored list (132) ... with one hit in today's twinbill, Zach Price moves into a tie with Bill Mullee (USMA '96) for seventh place on Army's all-time hits list (193) ... Gunnar Carroll made his second career start in the nightcap ... he matched his career high with three strikeouts ... Taylor Goucher worked a career-best 2.0 innings in the nightcap ... Harold Earls has reached base safely in 18 straight games ... Daniel Cortes has reached base safely in 12 straight games ... J.T. Watkins' 13-game hitting streak was snapped in the opening game today ... he bounced back with two hits in the nightcap ... the two-hit effort was his team-leading ninth multiple-hit game of the season ... Army is 2-0 in extra innings this year.

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