In an interview for an article that ran on CollegeBaseballCentral.com prior to the 2016 season, Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos mentioned how difficult it is for a freshman to come in and contribute in a big way from day one.
But at the same time, he mentioned that he had a freshman coming in from the west coast who might be able to be the exception to the rule.
“If he can handle the environment, Noah Song could be pretty good for us, a right-handed pitcher out of California,” Kostacopoulos said at the time.
The only thing Kostacopoulos was wrong about was that he wasn’t just pretty good. He was really good right out of the gate as a freshman, going 9-3 with a 2.75 ERA. In 75.1 innings, he struck out 57, walked just 23, and held opponents to a .182 batting average, all part of a Navy team that went 43-14 and not only got into the Raleigh Regional, but also won a game, an upset of St. Mary’s, along the way.
In 2017, he put up similar numbers, and even showed a knack for dominating games a little more than he had as a freshman. He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA. In 76 innings, he struck out 89, walked 26, and held opponents to a .240 batting average.
In 2018, another big year from Song will be huge for a Navy team that will be without some of their other top pitchers from 2017, such as top reliever Jett Meenach and starters Kyle Condry and George Coughlin.
Still, even with the departures, a pitcher with Song’s talent is a great piece around which to build a pitching staff, and should put the Midshipmen in good position to compete at the top of the Patriot League once again.