Baseball's Comeback Bid Thwarted by Cardinals
SAN ANTONIO – The Lafayette baseball team sparked a comeback in the top of the ninth, but fell one run short of tying the game as Incarnate Word went on to grab a 6-5 victory on the final day of the Irish Alamo Invitational Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field.
For the second straight game, the Leopards (1-3) outhit the Cardinals (2-2), as Lafayette had 11 hits compared to Incarnate Word’s six. Luke Robinson led the Leopards at the plate, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Trey Durrah was slotted as the designated hitter in the game and picked up two doubles as well to go along with a run scored.
On the mound, Brian Lannino got his first collegiate start, but was chased in the third after giving up four earned runs. However, Mark Anderson came on in relief and tossed four and two-third innings of solid stuff, fanning four and only allowing one hit.
The Leopards were the first to get on the board for the second consecutive game after Dan Leckie singled to left center and later came around to score on a Steven Cohen RBI single to left. The Cardinals tied it right up at 1-1 though in the bottom half of the first once Mark Whitehead was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on another wild pitch.
Two batters later, Incarnate Word took a 2-1 lead on a David Anaya solo shot to left field. In the second, Robinson led off the inning with a single to center and after stealing second, he scored on a Durrah RBI double to left center. Once the second out of the inning was recorded, Quentin Bubb came up and knocked a single into right, allowing Durrah to come in to score to put the Leopards back on top, 3-2.
Once again the Cardinals had an answer as Garrett Terrell drew a base on balls to start the inning and found himself on third after a failed pickoff attempt sailed past the first baseman. The first out of the inning was recorded, but Ryan Gonzelez was the next batter up and he singled up the middle to drive in the game-tying run.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom half of the third and Kyle Bergeron was hit by a pitch, allowing the runner at third to come home. Anderson then replaced Lannino on the mound and got the next batter, Gonzalez, to fly out to center, but the runner at third tagged up and scored to make it 5-3 in favor of the Cardinals.
Incarnate Word’s lead would be trimmed to one at the start of the fourth when Robinson led off with a double down the right field line and scored on a Patrick Nelson single through the left side.
The Cardinals added an insurance run in the bottom half of the eighth, but the Leopards made things interesting in the ninth. The top of the Lafayette order was due up and Bubb notched a leadoff single through the left side before back-to-back walks loaded up the bases.
Tyler Miller came on to replace the previous Cardinals’ reliever and he was put into a tough situation. However, he got a timely double-play ball up the middle to get the first two outs of the inning. Lafayette did score a run on that play, but Miller closed out the game with a strikeout to seal the 6-5 victory for Incarnate Word.
The Leopards will return to action on Friday, when they begin a three-game series against William & Mary down in Williamsburg, Va.