April 26, 2014
Navy 4, Army 0
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy scored single runs in the third and sixth inning and edged Army, 4-0, Saturday in the first game of a Patriot League doubleheader at a windy and sunny Max Bishop Stadium.
A large crowd was on hand for the annual service academy matchup and two excellent starting pitchers helped deliver a compelling contest that was broadcast live to a national audience by CBS Sports Network.
Army's Nick Dignacco and Navy's Anthony Parenti allowed just eight hits between the two.
Parenti collected the win, throwing seven innings and allowing two hits to help Navy win the first game of the series. Parenti improved to 8-2 after striking out seven and walking two.
The team that wins the three-game series is awarded the coveted star for victory. If the series is tied the winner of the first game is awarded the star.
Dignacco absorbed the loss after throwing six innings. He scattered six hits, struck out two and walked one.
Army saw its six-game winning streak snapped and fell to 28-13 overall and 11-5 in Patriot League games. Navy improved to 23-23 and 9-8 in league games.
Army had a runner on base in each of the first two innings. Daniel Cortes worked a full count walk in the opening inning and Patrick Mescher was hit by a pitch in the second but both runners were stranded.
Cortes singled in the third inning for Army's first hit but did not advance past first base.
Navy scored the game's first run in the third inning. Leland Saile led off the inning with an infield single after Army second baseman Kris Lindner made a diving stop to keep the ball in the infield. Saile moved up on a passed ball and took third when Adrian Chinnery laid down a sacrifice. Robert Currie followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Saile. Army right fielder Jon Crucitti made a diving play to record the second out but the runner scored for a 1-0 Navy lead.
Mark McCants singled for Army in the fourth inning before Parenti got the final two outs of the inning.
Navy added insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Currie led off the inning with a single and advanced a base on a bunt. Kash Manzelli delivered a double to the gap to plate Currie. Brandon Bean then hit a deep fly ball into the swirling winds that went for a ground rule double and 4-0 Navy advantage.
Parente retired 11 in a row in the late innings before Lindner walked with two outs in the seventh inning. A lineout ended the contest.
Army will play a doubleheader against Navy Sunday beginning at noon at Max Bishop Stadium.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its all gray road uniforms ... Major Arthur Coughlin served as the team's Officer Representative ... Navy holds a slight 110-104 lead in the all-time baseball series against Navy ... Army now leads Navy 14-13 in the overall series against Navy in 2014 ... John Sadak and Danny Graves called the game for CBS Sports Network.