April 1, 2014
Army 7, FDU 3
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Jacob Page homered and Harold Earls and Daniel Cortes collected two hits apiece as Army beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 7-3, Tuesday in a non-conference baseball game at Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field.
Army registered 10 hits against 10 pitchers to halt a two-game losing streak and improve to 16-9.
"We came out locked in from beginning," said Army interim head coach Matt Reid. "We put some pressure on them early. We were patiently aggressive and thought we played well. I thought we really got after it."
Brock Davidson earned the win for Army, his second of the season. Davidson made his second start of the year and retired the first six hitters he faced and exited after 3.1 innings. He struck out three and walked just one before giving way to Garrison Franklin.
In all, seven pitchers threw for the Black Knights, limiting FDU to five hits while striking out eight.
Franklin, Patrick Gardner, Davis Marlar, Julian Larimer, Justin French and Johnny Griffith followed Davidson on the mound. Griffith struck out three of the four hitters he faced in the ninth, while Larimer recorded two of his three outs via strikeout.
Army, coming off a 3-0 loss Monday afternoon, jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Page led off the frame with his first home run of the season, a solo blast that gave Army a 1-0 advantage.
The Black Knights added to their lead in the third inning with three runs. With two outs, Jon Crucitti doubled down the line in right field. Cortes ripped a single to right field to score Crucitti. Cortes stole second, stole third and scored on a throwing error. Mark McCants reached on a walk, stole second, took third when Page singled and came home on a sharp single by Kris Lindner for a 4-0 margin.
Army extended its lead in the fourth inning. With one out, Alex Jensen doubled to the wall before Ben Smith laced a single for a 5-0 lead.
FDU scored a run in the sixth following a double and a ground out to trim the deficit to 5-1.
Army quickly got the run back and more in the bottom of the seventh. Cortes led off with a single and McCants was hit by a pitch. Page advanced the runners before Lindner hit a sacrifice fly. Earls followed with a run-scoring single for a 7-1 lead.
FDU, idle since March 23 because of weather, plated a pair of runs in the eighth inning to make it a 7-3 contest.
Army will return to Patriot League play this weekend with four games against Lafayette. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for noon, while Sunday's will start at 1 p.m. Audio and video streams of all four games will be offered through the Knight Vision subscription package. Fans in the Hudson Valley can hear the games on the radio at WEOK (1390-AM) and WALL (1340-AM).
"Lafayette is going to be tough," said Reid. "They have great pitching and we have to be disciplined at the plate. We have to get back to basics in practice this week. There will be some really good pitching coming in here and we have to be ready."
GAME NOTES: Army wore its gold alternate uniform tops with white pants ... Jacob Page hit his first home run of the season and Army's third this year.