Ninth Inning Outburst Leads Leopards to First Win
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Lafayette baseball team earned its first win of the 2018 season on Sunday afternoon, using a ninth inning outburst to earn a 6-3 win over Davidson.
David Giusti was credited with the win for the Maroon and White after throwing one scoreless innings in relief before turning the ball over to Andrew Marra who closed the game out for the Leopards, fanning the first two batters he faced in the bottom ninth, sealing the win with a fly out.
Jon Faraci started his first career-game for the Maroon and White, sprinkling thee strikeouts across four innings while giving up one earned run. Davidson got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, as Brett Centrachhio was able to smack a solo home run over the right field wall. Quentin Bubb answered immediately for the Leopards in the top half of the second, sending a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Patrick Nelson.
The scoring quieted down until the fifth inning, as the Leopards were able to tag Davidson starter Josh Hudson for two more runs. Drew Jansen scored John Marti on a sacrifice fly to left field after Marti worked a walk earlier in the inning. With the bases cleared, Steven Cohen dug in and launched his first home run of the season, giving the Leopards a 3-1 advantage.
Lafayette’s advantage didn’t last long however, as the Wildcats were able to knot the score in the bottom of the sixth. Taking advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball to get runners in scoring position to manufacture two runs to tie the score at 3-3.
The game remained deadlocked until the ninth inning, as the Leopards pounced on two errors by the Wildcats to take a 6-3 lead. Jansen reached on a fielding error and was replaced by Mark Glover as a pinch runner. Steven Cohen singled to put two men on base. After advancing on a grounder from Luke Robinson, Nelson sent a double into left field, scoring Glover and Cohen. A fielding error gave Lafayette its third run of the inning. The Leopards held their 6-3 through the bottom of the ninth, sealing the victory.
Cohen had a solid afternoon at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a home run and one RBI. As a team Lafayette had its best day at the plate of the young season, outhitting the Wildcats 11-6.
The Maroon and White are back in action this Friday, when they head to Lexington, Va. to open a three-game slate against Virginia Military Institute. The contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start