Solid All-Around Effort Lifts Baseball to 11-2 Victory
The Army West Point Baseball Team took Game 2 of its weekend series with Ohio here Saturday afternoon after defeating the Bobcats 11-2. The Cadets scored nine of their 11 runs with two outs and registered their second-most runs batted in this season with 11. Army jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never really looked back. The only blemish on the day came in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Bobcats tallied two runs on two hits to pull within 6-2. The Black Knights responded with five unanswered runs to ultimately put the game away. Four cadet-athletes earned multiple hits in the game in John McKenna, Andre Walden, Jeremiah Adams, and Tim Simoes.
Accounting for a game-high four runs was McKenna, while Simoes touched home plate twice. Walden led all players with four RBI, three of those coming from one swing of the bat. The yearling handed the Cadets a 5-0 advantage in the third inning after he drilled his second long ball of the year. Army's two-man pitching staff of starter Sam Messina and reliever Anthony LoRicco helped Army's cause as well. Messina gave up just four hits, two runs and two walks in 6.0 innings of work. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also posted a season-best eight strikeouts. LoRicco then came in to close out the final 3.0 innings. The rookie registered his first career clean sheet as he did now allow a runner to get on base during his time on the hill. He added two strikeouts to Army's final total as well. Read more.