Leopards Split Sunday Double Header with UMES
SALISBURY, Md. – The Lafayette baseball team split its double header with Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday afternoon, dropping game one before earning a 6-2 victory in game two to earn a 3-1 series victory.
Lafayette fell in game one by a final score of 12-4 after the Shore Hawks were able to use a six-run fourth inning to out the game out of reach for the Leopards. Lafayette responded in game two as Brian Lannino started on the mound and threw five innings, giving up one earned run before turning the game over to the bullpen which held UMES to one run, sealing the 6-2 victory for the Maroon and White.
The Leopards were able to tag the Shore Hawks for one run in the top of the first inning as they were able to take advantage of a throwing error by the Shore Hawks shortstop. Luke Robinson moved to third on a single from Spencer Rouse and then proceeded to score on the errant throw.
Lafayette was unable to generate much offense from there as UMES added two runs in the second and one run in the third before exploding for six runs in the fourth inning that put the Leopards down 9-1.
The Maroon and White were able to grab two runs back in the fifth inning, courtesy of a double from Marti and a single from captain Luke Robinson. After Steven Cohen reached on a fielder’s choice, Marti hit a shot into right center that scored Cohen. Robinson brought Marti home on a single to left, cutting the deficit to 9-3.
Lafayette added another run in the sixth, but UMES responded in the bottom half of the inning with another three runs to put the game out of reach for the Maroon and White. John Cain took the loss on the mound for the Leopards while Toby Hoskins earned the win for UMES
The Leopards bounced back in game two, leaning on their pitching to shut down the Shore Hawks’ offense.
UMES took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a throw that sailed high to put the Leopards down early. The Maroon and White knotted the score in the third inning with some clutch two-out hitting. Marti started the rally by belting a triple into center field. Trey Durrah came in to pinch hit for Robinson and got the job done, scoring Marti with a single to left field.
Lafayette took the lead in the fourth inning manufacturing runs with two outs once again. Jake Sniegocki wore a pitch to get on base and Drew Jansen followed by working a walk. Brandon Posivak hit a sharp grounder to short and hustled down the first base line, forcing the UMES shortstop to overthrow the base, allowing Sniegocki and Jansen to score.
The Leopards added two more runs in the fifth inning, as Durrah and Quentin Bubb were brought home on a single off of the bat of Sniegocki which put the Leopards up 5-1. Lannino turned the game over to Johnson in the sixth inning, and the junior pitched three scoreless innings. Andrew Marra came on in the ninth inning, saw an unearned run score, but the righty kept his composure and forced a flyout to bring the game to a close.
John Marti had an excellent day at the plate, going 3-for-7 (.429) with two runs and two RBIs between both games.
The Maroon and White are back in action on Tuesday when they welcome Fairleigh Dickinson to Kamine Stadium for their home opener. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.