Leopards Down Shore Hawks in Saturday Double Header
SALISBURY, Md.—The Lafayette Baseball team improved to 4-5 in 2018 after defeating University of Maryland Eastern Shore in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Leopards’ starting pitchers were able to control the Shore Hawks’ bats all afternoon, holding UMES to 10 hits between the two games while the Maroon and White’s offense tagged the Shore Hawks for 13 hits and 13 runs.
The first game of the day was seven innings and the Leopards used a three-run fourth inning to earn a 5-3 victory over the Shore Hawks. Brett Kreyer got the start on the mound for the Maroon and White and went a strong 6.2 innings, striking out four batters while holding UMES to three runs. The Leopards found success on the base paths, swiping eight bags.
The Shore Hawks used a two-out rally in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Lafayette took advantage of a wild pitch to tie the game in the top of the second. Patrick Nelson reached base on a fielder’s choice before moving himself into scoring position by swiping second. A passed ball moved Nelson to third, before the senior reached home on a wild pitch from UMES starter Evan Bertone.
Quentin Bubb sparked the Leopards offensive outburst in the fourth inning, leading off with a single before stealing his wasy to third base. Mark Glover brought Bubb home with a single and then proceeded to swipe second base. A throwing error allowed Glover to reach home while Brandon Posivak advanced to third after stealing second base. Steven Cohen laced a single to center field that plated Posivak, giving Lafayette a 4-1 lead.
Lafayette added its fifth run in the sixth inning, as AJ Kloehn scored off of a throwing error from UMES. The Shore Hawks were able to add two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little too late, as freshman JP Woodward entered the game in relief and forced a ground out to get the last out of the game and earn the save.
Kenny Campbell stifled the Shore Hawks bats game two fanning six batters across seven innings of work while holding UMES scoreless. The Leopards offense gave Campbell plenty of run support, plating all eight runs by the fourth inning.
The Maroon and White got things started in the top of the first, tagging the Shore Hawks for three runs. Cohen led-off and worked a walk before advancing to second on a single from John Marti. A passed ball moved Cohen to second base and a hot shot single from Luke Robinson plated Cohen. Spencer Rouse stepped up and put the ball in play, and Lafayette had some more opportunistic offense, as Robinson and Marti scored on a fielding error.
Lafayette added three more runs in the third inning, using small ball to manufacture offense. Marti led off with a single and Robinson worked a walk in the next at-bat. Rouse moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt before Nelson sent a sacrifice fly deep into center field that plated Marti. Bubb worked a walk to start a two-out rally, advancing to second on a balk while Robinson moved to third. Glover dug in at the plate and sent a single into center field capping the three-run outburst.
Campbell worked a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the third and was gifted more run support in the fourth as Posivak recorded a highlight play and swiped home. Robinson legged out an infield single and Rouse belted a triple to deep center field that scored Robinson to make it 8-0. Campbell and Connor Jones controlled the game from there, keeping the Shore Hawks off the board.
Lafayette closes out its four-game series with UMES tomorrow in a double-header. Game one is scheduled for a noon start.