Navy lost a chance to clinch the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League title and an automatic NCAA baseball bid by dropping a doubleheader to Army, 7-6 and 17-5, yesterday in Annapolis.
Two Navy victories would have clinched the league title, but now the Midshipmen are 11-4-1. Cornell, which swept a doubleheader from Princeton yesterday, is 8-4. Cornell has six games remaining, and Navy likely will be forced to make up a rained-out doubleheader against Brown.
Army received three RBI from Gary Donaldson in the first game, including a two-run homer in a four-run sixth inning.
The Cadets scored 11 runs in the third inning of the second game on seven hits and three Navy errors. Kevin DeHart and Joel Johnson each had four Army RBI.
In Blacksburg, Wayne King, Jay Phillips, and Jim Stewart homered and John Patton pitched a five-hitter as Virginia Tech defeated Virginia, 9-2. Tech clinched the Virginia Division I state championship for the second straight year and the third time since the championships were initiated four years ago. The Gobblers are 44-7 and Virginia is 21-26.
James Madison concluded its season at home, sweeping both games of a doubleheader from Howard, 3-1 and 6-0. Madison scored twice in the sixth inning when Howard committed two errors on one play, scoring two runs. The Dukes won the second game behind 11 strikeouts by Tom Bocock. Bocock started at shortstop all season, but made his first collegiate pitching start yesterday. Madison finished its season 40-13-1. Howard is 14-28.
Georgetown defeated York, Pa., in the first game of a doubleheader at home, 7-4, but lost the second game, 4-0. In the first game, the Hoyas' Joe Niciforo hit his third home run in two days, and Bill O'Leary went three for three and drove in four runs.
In the second game, York got three runs in the first inning on two hits and two errors, including Steve Ewing's two-run triple. Brad Stoner, who struck out nine, did not give up a hit until the sixth inning, when Kurt Kaull singled. Georgetown is 18-19-1; York 24-11.