May 23, 2011
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Around the Bases
Navy & Army split DH,
Patriot title to be decided Tuesday
Navy's Nelson shines in Game 1, Army's
Henshaw goes deep twice in nightcap
Around the Tournaments
#1 Navy 4-3, #2 Army 3-6
In Annapolis, Md., Navy and Army split a
doubleheader in the Patriot League Championship Series Monday in
front of 1,276 fans at Max Bishop Stadium, forcing a deciding
game on Tuesday afternoon.
In the opener, Ben Nelson shut down the Black
Knights (22-25) for eight innings before running into trouble in
the ninth. The Midshipmen (32-23-1) held a 4-0 lead after eight.
Nelson (6-5, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) allowed two hits
and no runs through eight innings before surrendering two hits
and a walk in the ninth before exiting with a 4-1 advantage.
Preston Gainey came in and watched a pair of runs score on an
error and the tying run reach third with one out. But he got a
strikeout and a flyout to end the threat and record his fourth
save. Navy scored twice in the first and added single runs in
the second and seventh. Nick Driscoll went 2 for 3 with two RBI,
while Alex Azor was 1 for 2 with three walks and two runs for
the Middies. Joey Henshaw went 2 for 4 with a double, one run
and one RBI for Army.
In the second game, Henshaw blasted a pair of
home runs to power Army past Navy and tie the series. After the
Knights scored two in the first, Andrew Hahn (3 for 4, 3 RBI)
smacked a two-run homer to knot the score at 2. Henshaw’s
three-run blast in the third put Army ahead to stay. After the
Middies got a run in the fourth to make it 5-3, Henshaw went
deep again in the seventh for a 6-3 advantage. Clint Moore went
2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI for Army. Greg Dupell had two
hits and a run for Navy. Chris Rowley (5-4, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1
BB, 3 K) picked up the victory, while Ben Koenigsfeld fanned
three in the ninth for his eighth save.