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April 9th, 2014

Army Sweeps Four Games From Lafayette

Daniel Cortes had three hits to pace Army to a 4 game series sweep. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.

WEST POINT - Army collected 12 hits and Brock Davidson threw seven-plus solid innings as Army beat Lafayette, 9-1, Sunday in the second game of a Patriot League doubleheader at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.

Army swept Sunday’s doubleheader and the four-game series against Lafayette.

The Black Knights improved to 20-9 overall and 5-2 in league contests and won their fifth straight contest.

Army has now won at least 20 straight games in 11 consecutive seasons.

Daniel Cortes had three hits to pace Army while Alex Jensen, Kris Lindner and Mark McCants had two apiece.

Army won the opener 5-3, a day after hitting five home runs to sweep the doubleheader.

"To sweep a team is really a tough thing to do, especially a team like Lafayette," said interim head coach Matt Reid. "They are a tough bunch. Every win is a big win. The first game of the day, we had runners on third with less than two outs and didn’t get them. Then in the fourth game we were able to open it up a bit."

Davidson pitched into the eighth, getting one out before giving way to Brian Hapeman. Davidson allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one while improving to 3-0. He left the game with the bases loaded and a ground out scored a run, the first earned run Davidson has allowed this season, a span of 22 innings.

Hapeman closed it out, picking up three strikeouts.

Army didn’t waste any time, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. Jon Crucitti singled to open the inning and stole second. He moved to third when McCants grounded out and scored on a single by Lindner. Jensen then hit a ball to the gap that fell for a single, scoring Lindner who was running on the play for a 2-0 lead.

Harold Earls made a great play at third, Jacob Page collected a diving catch in center field and Davidson was strong to keep the Army lead at two runs.

Army added to its lead in the sixth inning. Lindner led off the inning with a single and hustled home to score on Jensen’s double. Jensen took third on the throw home. Patrick Mescher laid down a suicide squeeze to score Jensen after a walk to Cortes. Cortes went to second on Mescher’s sacrifice and scored when Ben Smith laced a single to increase the Army advantage to 5-0.

The Black Knights continued to score runs. Earls led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. McCants also singled and Lindner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Earls scored on a wild pitch. After a double-play ground out, Cortes lined a double to score Lindner and Jensen for an 8-0 Army lead.

After Lafayette scored a run on a bases loaded groundout, Army scored a run in the eighth. With one out, Crucitti was hit by a pitch and took second on a wild pitch. He stole third and scored when McCants grounded out.

Army will play at Fordham Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then return to Doubleday Field to host Bucknell on Saturday and Sunday for four Patriot League contests. Saturday’s games will begin at noon, while Sunday is set for 1 p.m. start.

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