Leopards Drop Doubleheader to VMI
LEXINGTON, Va. -- After a poor weather forecast forced the Maroon and White to reshuffle their weekend schedule, Virgnia Military Institute bested the Leopards in both games of their doubleheader on Friday.
Lafayette (1-4) was not able to consistently keep VMI (4-2) off the scoreboard on Friday, as the Keydets were able to manufacture 18 runs across both games, compared to six for the Leopards.
The Keydets were able to put runs on the board early, spattering four runs across the first three innings. After VMI took a 1-0 lead off a solo homerun in the first inning, the Leopards answered with a three-run third inning. AJ Kloehn started the inning off with a walk and was promptly moved to third base off a Steven Cohen single. Cohen moved himself into scoring position by swiping second and the Maroon and White were able to take advantage of an errant throw by the Keydets, as Dan Leckie reached first while Kloehn and Cohen crossed home plate.
Spencer Rouse belted a double to plate Leckie and keep the inning alive, but the Leopards couldn't bring him home. Lafayette's lead didn't last long however, as VMI answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
The Keydets added another run in the fourth inning to build a 5-3 lead before the Leopards got one back in the sixth. Quentin Bubb sent a double into left field with one out. Kloehn stepped up and hit a sharp grounder to second base that was deep enough for Bubb to hustle home and pull the Leopards back within one, 5-4.
After VMI pushed their lead back to two at 6-4 heading into the seventh, the Maroon and White were able to answer again in the top of the seventh courtesy of a Leckie solo shot to left centerfield. Unfortunately, the Leopards couldn't keep pace with the Keydets from there, as they added four more runs against Lafayette's bullpen across the seventh and eighth innings, handing the Leopards a 10-5 loss.
Josh Winder (1-0) earned the win on the mound for VMI while Brett Kreyer (0-2) took the loss for the Maroon and White.
Jon Faraci started the second game on the mound for the Leopards and was able to strike out six batters across three innings, but the Keydets were able to build an early lead once again and hold on for an 8-1 win.
VMI were able to jump on the Maroon and White in the first inning, manufacturing two runs on three hits. Neither offense did much from their until the fourth inning, when the Keydets were able to take a 4-0 lead. Mark Anderson came in of relief for Faraci and fanned the first batter he faced. Two well placed doubles by VMI plated the two runs, but Anderson was able to work back and of trouble and earn a swinging strikeout to close the inning.
Lafayette threatened in the fifth inning as John Marti and Bubb both singled to put two runners on base with one out. The Leopards couldn't take advantage however, stranding the runners on first and second.
The Maroon and White were able to get on the board in the eighth inning as Drew Jansen worked a walk to leadoff. A wild pitch moved Jansen to second and a deep line-out to right field from Lecke moved Jansen to third. Rouse singled up the middle to center scoring Jansen, but the Leopards would again leave two runners on base. VMI added one more run in the bottom of the eighth, sealing the 8-1 win.
Zak Kent (1-1) was credited with the win on the mound for the Keydets, while Faraci (0-1) took the loss for the Leopards.
The Maroon and White are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they close out the series at VMI in a 2 p.m. contest.