Home Runs Spark Doubleheader Sweep for Baseball
The Army West Point Baseball Team took both games of a doubleheader with Manhattan here Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights defeated the Jaspers 12-6 in Game 1 before earning a 4-1 victory in the nightcap. Both contests were limited to seven innings. Six cadet-athletes posted at least two hits in the twin bill with Trey Martin, John McKenna and Jeremiah Adams leading the way with three hits each. Martin added a team-best six runs batted in, including his first career grand slam. Drake Titus chipped in three RBI, while Tim Simoes reeled in two. Starting pitchers Mike Gagliardi and Anthony LoRicco both registered their first wins of the season. Gagliardi allowed five hits and two runs in 3.0 innings during the opener.
LoRicco then followed suit giving up just three hits, one run and one walk in 4.0 innings of Game 2. The two combined to strike out nine batters. Martin drilled two home runs on the day, one in each contest, shifting his season number to a team-best five. Carter Macias also tallied a long ball in the nightcap for his first career blast. In the games, Army finished with six doubles, one triple and three home runs, compared to five total extra base hits for the Jaspers. Logan Smith, Ray Bartoli, Brock Daugherty, and Ben DeLaubell each got work in for the Black Knights in relief. Smith and Bartoli both logged three innings, allowing just two hits. As a pitching staff, the Cadets totaled 20 strikeouts to only 11 for the Jaspers. Jacob Hurtubise notched a team-high three walks, and went a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen bases, he now has 29 on the year to lead the conference. Read more.