U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen

04/16/2014, 5:30pm EDT
By U.S. Naval Stats Information Department; Photos By Phil Hoffman

“The Naval Academy prides itself on educating future leaders and that philosophy will never be truer than in 2014. Having to incorporate 15 freshmen into our program, along with eight sophomores, the leadership of our senior class and veterans will be important in helping the young players develop and prosper quickly. Every player will be key for Navy Baseball this season.” – Paul Kostacopoulos , Head Coach

navy-slideshow_1__largeA season after leading the Patriot League in pitching, the Navy baseball hurlers will be counted on heavily once again in 2014 as the Midshipmen will look to replace multiple key pieces on the offensive side of the ball. Navy returns 16 letterwinners from a 2013 team that earned the second seed in the Patriot League postseason tournament. To make up for the loss of a large graduating class, Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos and his staff added 15 freshmen for 2014.

Pitching will be a strength of the Mids as the junior class hurlers of Stephen Moore (’13 First Team All-Patriot League) and Anthony Parenti (team-high 65 strikeouts) return along with sophomore Luke Gillingham (3.23 ERA), giving Navy three of its four weekend starters back.

On the offensive side of the ball, senior first baseman Kash Manzelli, a member of the 2013 Second Team All-Patriot League, is one of five returning starters for the Mids. Manzelli is joined in the infield by versatile junior Brad Borosak, who will see time at both third base and on the mound. A complete all-around athlete, Borosak led Navy with 16 stole bases in 2013.

In the outfield, senior Brandon Beans and sophomore Robert Currie give Navy a pair of speedy, multi-talented athletes who can steal bases, as well as drive in runs. Together the duo stole 21 bases and drove in 40 runs in 2013.

Player Spotlight

Kash Manzelli
The team captain for Navy in 2014, Manzelli is poised to improve upon his excellent junior campaign in which he led the Mids in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and runs scored. This will be his third season as Navy’s starting first baseman.navy-slideshow_1__large
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