Army Sweeps Navy in the Patriot League Championship to Advance to NCAA Tournament

At Navy’s home in Annapolis, after two days of rainouts, the championship series finally got underway.

Army/Navy is fun as is, but when there is a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line; the greatest rivalry in sports gets even better.

Army sent ace Tyler Giovinco to the mound and Navy sent their ace Noah Song to the mound for game one of the three-game series.

Both pitchers started off good, pitching two shutout innings and then the Army bats woke up in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Navy hit a two-run home run to tie the game up in the fifth inning. Army answered instantly with a leadoff homer by Anthony Giachin to give the Black Knights a 3-2 lead.

The Army bats erupted for five runs in the last two innings of game one, but Navy wouldn’t go down without a fight. After a couple errors by Army, the Mids scored three runs in the ninth but Army held on to win game one 8-5.

Game two started and the Black Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead quickly; Josh White drove in Jacob Hurtubise in the first.

Army held that lead until the fifth inning when Navy tied up. The Black Knights took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Patriot League player of the year, Jon Rosoff.

Things were looking up for the Black Knights.

In the top of the sixth Navy’s bats woke up and on a couple hits and a home run, the Mids took a 3-2 lead.

Army didn’t do anything to cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Black Knights scored three runs to take a 5-3 lead. That lead would hold and Army won the Patriot League Championship for the eighth time in school history and for the first time since 2013.

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