Leopards Drop Sunday Matinee
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Leopards saw their own strong offensive start matched on Sunday afternoon, falling on the road to close out their series at Virginia Military Institute by a final score of 11-6.
Despite a solid offensive performance, the Leopards couldn’t keep pace with the Keydets, who finished with 14 hits to Lafayette’s nine. John Cain took the loss on the mound for the Maroon and White while Kyle Staats earned the win for VMI. Dan Leckie led Lafayette at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Lafayette’s bats responded in the top of the second. Quentin Bubb laced a one-out single into center and moved to second after a single from AJ Kloehn. John Marti followed Kloehn in the hit parade, sending a single into right field that scored Bubb. Brandon Posivak hit a sacrifice fly to plate Kloehn, giving the Leopards a 2-1 lead.
Leckie made it three one in the top of the third, sending a solo shot over the wall in left centerfield. The Keydets answered back in the bottom of the third, as they manufactured a four-run inning using a sacrifice fly and a three-run triple from Huggins to put the Leopards down 5-3. Michael Dunn came on in relief and forced a groundout to end the inning.
The Leopards bats were quieted until the eighth inning, but VMI had stretched its lead to 11-3 as the Maroon and White dug in at the dish. Leckie and Spencer Rouse started the inning off with back-to-back doubles, as Leckie was able to score on an error to make it 9-4. Jake Sniegocki entered the game as a pinch hitter and worked a walk while Rouse took advantage of two wild pitches to score during Sniegocki’s at-bat.
A double-play put the Leopards in a tight spot, but Klohen was able to keep the inning alive, getting a free base after a throwing error by the Keydets. Marti brought Kloehn home with a single to left field, Lafayette couldn’t create any more runs, heading into the bottom of the eighth down 11-6.
Connor Jones came in to pitch and held VMI in the bottom of the eighth, but there was no ninth inning magic for the Leopards, as the score stood at 11-6 to close the game.
The Maroon and White are back in action this Tuesday when they take on Rider at the Diamond Nation complex in Flemington, N.J. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.