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Leopards Drop a Pair of Games in Nation's Capital

March 5, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Lafayette baseball team dropped a pair of games to Harvard and Coppin State on Sunday to close out the D.C. Grays Collegiate Challenge held in the nation's capital.

GAME 1: Harvard 6, Lafayette 0
WP: Ian Miller (1-0), LP: Kreyer (0-2)

Ian Miller was practically untouchable for Harvard on the mound, as he went the distance, allowing just one hit while striking out eight Lafayette batters and not issuing a single base on balls.

The Leopards' lone hit in the game came from Alex Woinski, once he shot a two-out single into center in the fifth. However, that was all that Lafayette was able to get against Miller.  

In the fourth, a throwing error put aboard the leadoff hitter for the Crimson, Josh Ellis, and after stealing second, he came in to score on another Lafayette error. Matt Hink came up with one on and one out and he homered over the fence in left to put Harvard up 3-0.

Hink would go on to hit another two-run home run in the sixth to push the lead to five, 5-0. The Crimson added one final run in the eighth once Patrick Robinson doubled to right and scored on a Matt Rothenberg RBI double to right center.

The Leopards were retired in order in the final two innings as Miller did not allow a single baserunner the rest of the way.  

GAME 2: Coppin State 3, Lafayette 1
WP: Quinn Gleed (1-1), LP: Brian Lannino (0-2)

Lafayette returned to the diamond for the final game of the eventful weekend and fell to Coppin State. Despite the loss, the Leopards picked it up at the plate and compiled eight hits as a team.

Dan Leckie and Steven Cohen led the way for the Maroon and White, each racking up a pair of hits. Both of the juniors singled and recorded an extra base hit in the contest.


 

 

Lafayette failed to plate a run in the first game of the day, but wasted no time against the Eagles, as Leckie blasted a one-out home run over the fence in left field to put the Leopards on top 1-0 in the top of the first.

The Eagles would tie the game up in the fourth once Caleb Duhay led off the inning with a double, was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt, and then was brought in to score on a sacrifice fly to deep left.

Coppin State went on to extend its lead in the fifth. Andres Santana got it started with a single to left and found himself on third after a sacrifice bunt. Jamar Criss was due up next and he brought Santana in to score on an RBI single to right center. The Eagles would add one additional run in the inning to move ahead 3-1.

In the eighth, the Leopards had two on once Isaiah Berg was hit by a pitch and Cohen singled up the middle. After Luke Robinson bunted them over, the Leopards had a pair of runners in scoring position with just one out in the inning. However, the second out of the inning was recorded and Berg was caught trying to steal home and the Eagles got out of the jam unscathed before going on to capture the victory.

The Leopards will be back in action on Tuesday, when they head to Teaneck, N.J. to take on Fairleigh Dickinson for a 3 p.m. road contest.