Five-Run Fifth Lifts Tribe Past Leopards
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A five-run fifth inning proved to be the difference for William & Mary as the Lafayette baseball team was unable to retake the lead and eventually fell 6-5 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park.
Brett Kreyer got his second collegiate start and turned in six solid innings. The rookie pitched to contact, inducing six fly outs and seven ground outs, while allowing three earned runs and striking out three. In his first outing, he walked six batters, but channeled his command this time around and did not allow a free pass to any of the 26 William & Mary (3-3) batters that he faced.
Alex Woinski led the Leopards (1-6) at the plate and picked up a trio of hits, including a double, in four at-bats. Luke Robinson drove in a team-high three runs on the day, while Steven Cohen scored twice.
The Leopards wasted no time putting runs on the board as they put up four in the first inning. Dan Leckie came up with nobody on and one out and he belted the ball over the fence in left for his second homer of the series. Following back-to-back singles by Cohen and Woinski, Robinson blasted a two-out three-RBI home run to left center and the Maroon and White led 4-0 early.
In the third, the Leopards once again got a pair of runners on once Woinski and John Selsor each singled to left with one out. However, Robinson hit a screamer toward the William & Mary shortstop, who leaped into the air and caught it before tossing it to second for the double play.
Kreyer stayed out of trouble for most of the afternoon, but the Tribe loaded the bases in the bottom half of fifth with no outs on two softly hit singles by Matthew Tilley and Patrick Ryan, and a blooper into left by Ryder Miconi. The following Tribe batter hit a chopper to third and the throw came home, but the ball trickled past AJ Kloehn and two runners came in to score to cut the deficit to two, 4-2.
Cullen Large then hit a liner to right for an RBI single to make it a 4-3 game, before the Tribe took their first lead of the game on a Ryan Hall two-RBI double into the gap in right center.
To begin the bottom of the seventh, Matthew Keane doubled to deep right. As the Tribe tried to bunt Keane over, Kyle Wrighte's bunt attempt turned into an infield single and William & Mary had two on with no outs. Rob Ewald, who replaced Kreyer to start the inning, got the next batter to ground into a double play, but the run came in to score to put the Tribe up 6-4.
In the eighth, Cohen drew a base on balls with one out in the inning and Woinski was the next batter up and he skied one to deep right for a double that just fell short of going over the fence. With the tying run on second, Selsor hit a bouncer to the right side and Cohen scored to trim the deficit to one. However, the scoring would end there for the Leopards, as they were unable to manufacture any additional runs for the remainder of the game.
The Leopards will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. to take on Rider at 3 p.m.