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BASEBALL HANDED 9-1 SETBACK BY NAVY
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Behind a strong outing by starting pitcher Andy Froistad, the Navy baseball scored a 9-1 victory over UMBC Tuesday afternoon to capture its 2003 home opener at Max Bishop Stadium.
Froistad worked seven-strong innings for the Mids, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and strikeouts to improve to 1-0 this season.
UMBC took an early 1-0 lead on Scott Kosmicky’s RBI-single to right field off Navy starting pitcher Andy Froistad in the top of the first inning.
Navy (3-9) used three hits in the bottom of the inning off UMBC starter Matt Farina to take a 3-0 advantage. A bases loaded walk to Ryan McGinn scored Rusty Hearn from second and Pete Curnow followed with a bases-loaded, RBI-single to left, scoring Matt Lukevics and Jonathan-Matthew Johnston.
Things continued to get worse for UMBC (2-7) and better for Navy in the bottom of the third when the Mids used three hits and four Retriever errors to build a 7-1 advantage.
Dean Farmer tallied his second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, a double down the left field line, to score Craig Candeto who reached on a lead off single to left.
Navy added another run in the seventh on Chris Ashinhurst’s RBI-single to left, as Johnston came home to score his third run of the game.
The Mids pounded out 13 hits led by Candeto’s three singles, while McGinn, Lukevics, Farmer and Ashinhurst each had two hits.
UMBC was led by designated hitter Chris Becraft’s 3-for-4 effort. Farina, who defeated Navy last season, dropped to 0-1 overall.