The Army West Point baseball team finished their Patriot League opening weekend at .500 after a doubleheader split with service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights dropped their opener against the Mids 5-2 but rebounded in Game 2 for a 5-2 victory of their own. With Sunday's outcomes, Army closed its weekend at 2-2 following a twin bill split with Bucknell on Saturday. Firstie Sam Messina recorded his fourth win on the year Sunday to match classmate Tyler Giovinco for a team high. Messina registered five strikeouts as well.
Blake Ledoux and Anthony Giachin tallied three hits each on the day to lead the Cadets. Giachin chipped in a team-best three runs batted in as well, including two that came from one swing of the bat in Game 1. His long ball handed Army an early 2-0 edge after the first inning and gave the sophomore his second home run of the year. Jacob Hurtubise and Trey Martin both added two RBI during the second inning of Game 2 following back-to-back singles. Despite a solid performance in the opener, Daniel Burggraaf was tabbed with the loss after going 7.0 innings allowing seven hits and five runs, three of which were earned. The senior did manage to fan six during his time on the hill. Read more.