The No. 2 Navigators (22-20) will look to close out this best-of-three series tonight on the road against the third-seeded Sanford Mainers (20-22). The Navigators took Game 1 last night in Lynn 8-0, as starter Crayton Bare (Baylor) allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings in the shutout. Sanford had one base runner reach third base in the first inning, but nobody else advanced past second in the ballgame. Matt McGovern (Boston College) and Clinton Harwick (Point Loma Nazarene) had two hits apiece at the top of the lineup, while Harwick also set a Navigators playoff record by stealing four bases in the victory. Dario Pizzano (Columbia) had three RBI on a two-run double in the fourth and a sac fly in the second.
NS – LHP Michael Johnson (4-4, 2.80)
SAN – RHP Tommy Lawrence (1-2, 1.48)
Lefthander Michael Johnson (Dartmouth) gets the ball in Game 2 tonight at Sanford for the Navigators. Johnson led the entire NECBL with nine starts this season and had 28 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched. Overall he went 4-4 with a 2.80 ERA and had his ups and downs throughout the regular season. After taking the loss in four consecutive starts with a 4.95 ERA from June 21 to July 11, Johnson went 3-0 over his final three starts with a 1.20 ERA. Seven of his nine starts came on the road this season, with two of those starts coming in early June at Sanford. He went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in those two contests.
Righty Tommy Lawrence will look to send the series back to Lynn tomorrow night for the Mainers. Lawrence, a junior out of Winthrop University, posted a 1.48 ERA in nine games (seven starts) in the regular season but only had a 1-2 record to show for it. His 1.48 mark was good for fifth in the league and he also had 28 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. Lawrence was dominant in his only start against North Shore this season, allowing just an unearned run in six innings back on July 9. However, the Navigators then proceeded to score seven runs against the two relievers who followed Lawrence’s performance in an 8-7 victory at Sanford.