Baseball Postseason Bound After Doubleheader Sweep
The Army West Point Baseball Team earned its third-straight postseason berth here Saturday afternoon following a twin bill sweep of Lehigh. The Black Knights registered a 3-2, seven-inning win in the opener before taking a thrilling 8-7, 13-inning win in the nightcap. While the Cadets know they are playoff bound they are still unsure about their seed in the Patriot League Tournament. They are currently tied with Holy Cross for second place at 14-9 with two games remaining. The Crusaders hold the tiebreaker over Army though after having won the season series, 3-2. Jacob Hurtubise finished an impressive 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, while Anthony Giachin followed closely behind at 4-for-9.
Andre Walden reeled in a team-high four runs batted in and they all came from one swing of the bat as he drilled his first career grand slam in a Black and Gold uniform during Game 2. Trey Martin added three RBI to Army's final total as well. Tyler Giovinco and Cam Opp were both credited with wins. Giovinco allowed six hits and two runs in 6.1 innings during the opener, while Opp pitched 5.0 innings of relief work in the nightcap giving up just one walk. Both earned multiple strikeouts as well with Giovinco notching six and Opp five. A highlight from the day was Hurtubise breaking Army's career walks record. The junior now has 126 to his name. Giachin also tied the Black Knights' single-season doubles record after notching two in the games on Saturday. The Livingston, N.J., native sits tied with Kevin McKague's 2008 mark of 19. Read more.