Sunday, May 10, 2015

Navy Baseball Beats Lafayette, 8-0, Advances to Patriot League Finals

Navy catcher Adrian Chinnery locks in (Photo / Tom Flynn)
by Boxer Journal, May 10, 2015
Annapolis, MD - After the Mids split a doubleheader against Lafayette on Saturday, Navy sophomore George Coughlin shut the door on the Leopards (14-27-1) with a three-hit complete game shutout on Sunday. Coughlin (7-3) was backed by eight runs, as the Mids (36-18) advanced to the Patriot League Championship with an 8-0 victory at Max Bishop Stadium. He fanned five Lafayette batters while walking none.

Navy walks off with an 8-0 win on Sunday (Photo / T. Flynn)
Leadoff hitter and junior centerfielder Robert Currie earned his keep atop the lineup, going 2-3 and driving in a run. He had a busy day in center registering four putouts under mostly clear Annapolis skies.

The Mids needed the victory in the best-of-three series to advance. Strikeout ace Luke Gillingham had a rare rough outing* in game one on Saturday, departing early in what would prove a 10-8 Lafayette victory. The Mids showed their mettle in the second game, facing a lose-and-go-home scenario. They won convincingly, 12-0, to clear the way for Sunday's decisive game.
The Navy 'pen got to watch George Coughlin's three-hit shutout on Sunday (Photo / T. Flynn)
Navy will host the Patriot League Championship against Lehigh (23-26) with a doubleheader on May 16 and if needed a final game on May 17 in another best-of-three series. Lehigh advanced in their semifinal matchup against Holy Cross (24-26) with a 7-1 victory on Sunday.

The winner will receive an automatic NCAA postseason tournament bid.

*Gillingham suffered an arm injury during the game.

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