April 13, 2003
Worcester, Mass. - The Navy baseball team swept a doubleheader from Holy Cross Sunday afternoon
at Fitton Field, defeating the Crusaders 4-1 and 11-4. Team captain Rich McDevitt turned in
another great outing on the mound in the opener, while the Navy offense pounded out 18 hits in
"Anytime you can sweep a doubleheader on the road, it's a good accomplishment," Navy
head coach Steve Whitmyer said. "We played well today and I'm very pleased with the first-three
guys in our lineup (Pete Curnow, Chris Ashinhurst, Craig Candeto). They had multiple-hit games
today and were a great catalyst for our offense."
Navy (12-15, 6-4 PL) opened the doubleheader with a two-run first inning off HC starting
pitcher D.J. Lucey. Curnow doubled to left and scored on Ashinhurst's RBI-single up the middle.
Ashinhurst came home from second two batters later when Rusty Hearn singled through the right
side of the Crusader infield.
In the bottom of the third, HC put runners on the corner with two outs but McDevitt got
Joe McCabe to fly out to left.
The Mids plated a run in the third and fourth innings to build a 4-0 lead. Doug
Silverman scored on Candeto's double in the third and Matt Lukevics' sacrifice fly to left
plated Matt Foster in the fourth, who reached on a triple.
HC threatned in the bottom of the fifth when the Crusaders loaded the bases with one out
after a Lukevics fielding error at second. Joe McCabe hit into a fielder's choice and Tucker
Frawley was thrown out at second. Navy tried to turn the double play but McCabe beat the throw
to first, allowing Bill Andruskevich to score an unearned run from third. Bill
Schell flied out to center, ending the inning.
McDevitt was outstanding for the Mids, striking out seven batters and scattering five
hits to improve to 3-4 overall. In the last three games, the team captain is 3-1 with 32
strikeouts and has allowed just six earned runs (28.2 innings). Lucey fell to 1-2 overall with
"Our defense really stepped up early and established itself," McDevitt said. "The
defense made a lot of great plays in the field and kept their hitters at bay. It was important
for us to come out and win the first game."
Curnow and Ashinhurst each had two hits and scored a run. Candeto added a double and a
In the second game, Navy exploded for three runs in the top of the first off HC starter
John Dibble. Curnow scored on Ashinhurst's RBI-single to center and Foster then belted a two-run
double to right, plating Ashinhurst and Dean Farmer.
Navy continued the offensive onslaught in the second, pushing across four runs on six
hits to take a 7-0 lead.
HC (7-15, 3-7) touched up Navy starter Andy Froistad for three runs in the bottom of the
third, aided by two Midshipmen errors. Schell belted a two-run double to left and later scored
with two outs when Farmer was unable to handle a fly ball in right.
However, Navy answered in the fourth with a pair of RBI-singles by Hearn and Silverman
and a run-scoring double by Candeto in the top of the fifth, his third double of the day.
The Crusaders continued to battle in the sixth, as Ed Turner scored from second on a
double to center by pinch hitter Peter Pasciucco off Navy relief pitcher Matt Cooney. Reliever
Joe Koessler replaced Cooney and got the final-two outs of the sixth and closed out the contest
in the seventh to complete the Navy sweep.
Ashinhurst went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Curnow
batted 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Candeto tallied two doubles
and two RBIs with a run scored. Farmer, Foster, Hearn and Silverman all had two hits apiece.
Froistad worked five innings, allowing just three runs (one earned) on five hits with no
walks and five strikeouts to improve to 3-0 overall. Dibble lasted just 1.1 innings, giving up
seven runs on nine hits to fall to 2-4.
"McDevitt gave us another outstanding performance," Whitmyer said. "Froistad did what he
needed to do by putting us in position to win the second game. He did that and were able to
battle and get it done. We have a lot of respect for Holy Cross and I know they'll come out
ready to play tomorrow."
Navy and Holy Cross will conclude the series with a doubleheader Monday beginning at 12