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It didn’t go, but the Mids did show progress. It makes sense such a raw bunch – five newcomers were in Navy’s 10-man rotation Tuesday – would make strides with each game.

Navy dipped under .500 for the first time this year, but demonstrated considerable advancement from less than two weeks earlier in the process.

“We better improve,” DeChellis said. “That’s the purpose of this thing. We need to improve daily. I’m trying to get them to understand that. you either get better or you get worse. It’s really hard to stay the same.”