Baseball secures Star in Walk-off Classic

By Army Athletic Communications Date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024 Time: 2:30 EST
Trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth of the Baseball Star Series-deciding game against the Navy Midshipmen on April 28 at Doubleday Field, Addison Ainsworth tied the game with a one-out double, and Barr gave the Black Knights the right to sing second with a two-out walk-off base hit to score pinch-runner Zak Farrell, and secure the 7-6 victory.  (Photo provided by Army Athletic Communications)

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point Baseball may have been down, but they we're never out. Enter Chris Barr

Trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth of the Baseball Star Series-deciding game against the Navy Midshipmen on April 28 at Doubleday Field, Addison Ainsworth tied the game with a one-out double, and Barr gave the Black Knights the right to sing second with a two-out walk-off base hit to score pinch-runner Zak Farrell, and secure the 7-6 victory. 

Army improved to 25-18 and 14-7 in the Patriot League, securing the head-to-head tiebreaker over Navy. The Black Knights now sit just one win away from the Patriot League regular season title and home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament.

Starting pitcher Matthew Ronnebaum delivered seven innings, striking out eight batters in a no-decision. 

William Parker gave Army an early lead in the opening stanza, scoring Derek Berg on an RBI single. 

Navy took the lead in the top of the second with a two-run homer. But a Berg solo home run in the third tied the contest, before Braden Golinski gave the Black Knights a 4-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run home run. 

Parker stretched the lead to three runs on a two-out RBI infield single in the sixth.

The Mids would respond however with two runs in the seventh to cut the Army lead to one, before taking the lead with a two-run eighth. Berg however kept the game in reach for Army, executing a pickoff throw behind the plate to second base. 

A Golinski leadoff single in the ninth set up Army's ninth-inning rally, advancing into scoring position via a passed ball.

Trey Ates made a bullpen appearance, before Andrew Berg recorded the final six outs and earned the win.  

By the Numbers

4-for-5: Parker was 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

2-for-5: Golinski, Berg and Barr each were 2-for-5.

2: Ruta and Ainsworth drew two walks each, with Ruta recording six free passes across the series.

14: Ronnebaum retired 14 consecutive batters from the second through the sixth innings. 

Black Knight Notes

Army Baseball won the Star for the third consecutive year.

The Black Knights are 12-3 in its past 15 games against Navy, and 15-4 in its past 19 games against service academy rivals. 

After splitting two games in Annapolis last month and going 3-2 over Navy this year, the all-time series with the Midshipmen is tied 131-131.

Army has won each series and season series in Patriot League play.

The Black Knights won by non-run rule walk-off for the first time this season.