For the first time since 2014 the Army West Point Baseball Team claimed the season series over service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon. After their 7-5 victory in the rubber match of the weekend, the Black Knights won the overall season series, 3-2. The Cadets jumped out to an early 2-0 edge in the first but the Mids answered in the second to pull the game even at 2-2. The score remained tied until the Black Knights registered an impressive five runs on five hits in the sixth inning to break the contest open at 7-2.
The home side tried to rally and even cut the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth but yearling reliever Harry Flannery Jr. sat all four batters he faced down in order to secure the win. Starting pitcher Sam Messina was solid on the hill for Army, allowing just three hits and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings. The firstie righty struck out a game-high six during his time on the mound. For the second-straight contest, the Black Knights saw eight of the nine batters in their lineup record at least one hit. The top of the lineup did most of the damage on the day with Jacob Hurtubise, Drake Titus, Anthony Giachin, and Trey Martin all posting two hits each. Hurtubise and Martin both chipped in two runs batted in as well, while Titus crossed home plate a team-high two times. Read more.