Baseball closes its season in NCAA Regional

By Kat Castner Army Athletic Communications

The Army West Point Baseball team fell 13-5 to Florida in the elimination game of the NCAA Lubbock Regional June 1 in Lubbock, Texas. However, senior second baseman Josh White went yard to left center for the Black Knights’ first hit and run of the contest.                    Photo by Army Athletic Communications

The Army West Point Baseball team fell 13-5 to Florida in the elimination game of the NCAA Lubbock Regional June 1 in Lubbock, Texas.
The Black Knights struggled early as they couldn’t get anything going against a Gators team that made it to the College World Series a year ago.
Florida broke the game open with 11 runs over the opening five innings to put the Cadets in a hole after five.
Army finally broke through in the sixth when senior second baseman Josh White went yard to left center for the Black Knights’ first hit and run of the contest.
The Cadets would continue to rally registering four additional runs in the ninth inning but the deficit ultimately proved to be too much. Army scattered six hits in the game and spread them throughout six different players.
Senior designated hitter Matt Hudgins tallied a team-best two runs batted in, while sophomore pitch hitter Blake Ledoux, sophomore shortstop Rob Regine and White added one RBI each.
Senior pitcher Tyler Giovinco was tagged with the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.

Army highlights and game notes
• White and sophomore third baseman Anthony Giachin accounted for Army’s only two extra base hits.
•  White earned his third long ball of the year, while Giachin drilled his conference-leading 25th double.
• Ledoux, Regine, freshman catcher Cam Cerruto and Hudgins all added a hit on the day.
• Four other Army pitchers saw action on Saturday in senior Sam Messina, sophomore Harry Flannery Jr., junior Logan Smith and senior Cam Opp.
• The Black Knights pitching staff allowed eight extra base hits, including four home runs.
• The Cadets recorded just two strikeouts on the day. Florida posted nine.

How it happened
• Florida broke the scoreless deadlock in the second when it tallied three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run down the left field line by Kendrick Calilao.
• The Gators added on with two runs in the third following back-to-back one-out hits.
• Florida extended its lead to 10-0 after posting a five-run frame in the fourth. Two of those five runs came from one swing of the bat as Austin Langworthy left the yard following a one-out, two-run home run to right field. Another two crossed thanks to a two-out, two-RBI double by Cory Acton.
• The designated home team then converted on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to create an 11-0 gap between the teams.
• Army would finally manage to get on the board when White handed the Black Knights their opening run of the game in the sixth. The Littleton, Colorado, native blasted a one-out shot over the left center fence for his eighth career long ball.
• The Gators added another run in the seventh when Jonah Girand led off the frame with a home run to left center.
• Florida finished its scoring in the eighth following one last solo home run to extend the lead to 13-1.
• Army made one final rally in the ninth when Ledoux and Regine posted back-to-back runs batted in to score Adams and Giachin. Hudgins then closed out the scoring with a two-RBI single to center field.

Records broken in 2019
• The Black Knights posted back-to-back 35-win seasons for the first time since 2004-05.
• The Cadets won their second-straight Patriot League conference crown and earned their league-leading ninth title.
• Army tied last year’s team for most games played in a season with 61.
• The Cadets also set single-season records for at bats with 1947 and walks with 348.
• This year’s team finished in the top-10 in seven other season categories as well.
• Second in runs with 394
• Second in RBI with 338
• Second in stolen bases with 124
• Second in pitching K’s with 467
• Third in doubles with 103
• Fourth in hits with 525
• Sixth in wins with 35
• There were also some individual highlights from the season
• Giachin finished with 25 multiple-hit games which tied Clint Moore (‘09) for a program record.
• The sophomore also set a program record for doubles in a season with 25.
• Fellow teammate Hurtubise broke Army’s season runs (71), walks (69) and stolen base record (45), while setting a new Patriot League career stolen base and walks mark with 105 and 141, respectively.

Facts & figures
• The Black Knights tallied five runs on six hits, while Florida notched 13 runs on 14 hits.
• Neither team was credited with an error.
• Army stranded three runners on base. The Gators left 12.