Davidson Edges Leopards in Season Opener
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Lafayette baseball team couldn’t get its offense going in the season opener, falling on the road to Davidson by final score of 4-0.
The first run of the game didn’t come until the sixth inning as both sides received solid performances from their starters. Sophomore Brett Kreyer took the mound for the Leopards, going for five strong innings, giving up one earned run and racking up six strikeouts. Lafayette struggled at the plate against Davidson’s Allen Barry, who held the Maroon and White to one hit over the first five innings.
The Leopards had a chance in the second inning after Spencer Rouse led off with a single and made it to second on a throwing error. Patrick Nelson advanced the runner with a grounder to short and Richard Villa worked a walk to give the Maroon and White runners on first and third with one out. Lafayette couldn’t take advantage, stranding the runners on base.
It continued to be a pitcher’s duel from there as Kreyer worked in an out of trouble in the fourth inning, after loading the bases, the 5-11 left-hander struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed. Davidson was able to strike in the sixth inning after their first two batters reached base. David Giusti came on in relief of Kreyer. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed Davidson to get the first run of the game.
Another wild pitch haunted the Leopards in the seventh inning, as the Wildcats were able to take a 2-0 lead off of the miscue with two innings to play .Davidson added two more in the bottom of the eighth off of Kyle Johnson to make it 4-0 heading into the top of the ninth. Lafayette couldn’t muster any offense in the half inning, sealing the game.
The Leopards bats were quiet all evening, finishing with three hits. Davidson finished the contest with two errors, but the Maroon and White were unable to capitalize on the miscues. Rouse led the Leopards at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double.
The Maroon and White are back in action at tomorrow afternoon at Davidson. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.