Nov. 29, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Led by Freshman Jonathan Johnson's four RBI, a solo-home run off the bat of freshman Andy Irvine and a stellar pitching performance by junior right-hander Lee Roberts, Navy took game one of the annual three-game Crimson vs. Navy Series on Thursday afternoon at LMU's Page Stadium.
Johnson finished a perfect two-for-two with a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base to accompany his game-high four RBI out of the Navy leadoff spot. Irvine jumpstarted the Navy offense with a solo-shot in the second inning to knot the game at one run apiece. The Temecula, Calif. native went on to finish two-for-four with two RBI and two runs scored in the victory.
Roberts got the start in game one of the series for Navy, turning in five innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out six Crimson hitters to earn the victory. Freshman Jack Helfrich replaced Roberts in the sixth inning and tossed the final two frames for Navy. The Belvedere, Calif. native allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out two batters over that span.
Sophomore Xavier Esquivel surrendered three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three batters in three and two-thirds innings of work en route to being tagged with the loss. Sophomore Jeremy Burrell relieved Esquivel in the fourth inning, retiring the only batter he faced in the frame, before allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits without recording an out in the fifth. Left-hander Steve Connolly tossed the next inning for Crimson, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out two batters before giving way to Jake Blodgett in the sixth. The freshman right-hander from Culver City, Calif. was effective, retiring the side in order, including a strikeout to end the sixth.
Crimson got on the board first in the top of the first inning when Chris Eusebio reached with a one-out walk. After an error put runners at first and second with two out, Enos grounded a ball in the hole on the left side of the infield. Navy shortstop Kyle Spraker fielded the ball cleanly, but an errant throw to force out the runner at third sailed wide of the bag and allowed Eusebio to scamper home.
Irvine's blast knotted the game at 1-1 in the second before back-to-back two-out walks loaded the bases for A.J. LaMonda in the Navy third inning. LaMonda jumped on the first pitch he saw from Esquivel, driving it deep to right field and sending Enos racing to the base of the wall where he narrowly had room to haul-in the final out of the frame and keep the game tied at one run apiece.
Navy struck for two more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Johnson's two-out two-RBI single to chase Esquivel before Crimson pushed one across in the top of the fifth. T.J. Bernardy connected on a two-out double before pinch-runner T.J. Filicia scored on Glomb's single to right field.
Navy erupted for seven runs in the bottom half of the fifth to blow the game wide open. Irvine and Justin Bunkis each contributed a RBI in the frame, while Johnson and Spraker drove-in two each.
Crimson bounced-back after the long inning, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth to run the score to 10-4. Ryan Wheeler got things started with a one-out single before Enos' double pushed across the first run of the frame. On that play, Enos moved to third base when the Navy left fielder bobbled the ball in the corner. Crimson took advantage of the free base when Joe Vierra lifted a fly ball to left field that proved deep enough to plate Enos from third.
Blodgett turned in a scoreless inning of work for Crimson in the bottom of the sixth before Helfrich retired the side in order in the top of the seventh with the help of a double-play grounder to shortstop to end the game.
The two teams will square-off again tomorrow in game two of the three-game Crimson vs. Navy Series. Crimson's Mike Kenney is slated to oppose Navy's Andy Beal with the first pitch to be thrown at 2:00 p.m.