Leopards Rally for 6-5 Win over Eagles
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite trailing by four runs early, the Leopards rallied back and went on to claim a 6-5 victory over Coppin State on the second day of the D.C. Grays Collegiate Challenge in the nation’s capital.
Offensively, the Leopards (2-9) had a trio of players record a pair of hits against the Eagles (0-6). Steven Cohen batted 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Alex Woinski went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Dan Leckie was the third Lafayette player to tally two hits after notching a pair of singles in the contest.
The Eagles loaded up the bases in the top half of the first and John Bonanca, the Coppin State leadoff batter, came in to score on a Nazier McIlwain RBI single. Another run crossed the plate on a groundout to short, before the third run of the inning was posted on a balk. The fourth run came once Corey Treyes shot an RBI double down the left field line.
In the bottom half of the inning, Quentin Bubb drew a base on balls to get things started and Leckie followed that up with a single through the right side. Cohen bunted them both over, setting up Luke Robinson, who put the ball in play on the right side of the infield, allowing the speedy Bubb to come in to score.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the fourth, Brandon Posivak came up and shot a two-RBI single up the middle to trim the deficit to one, 4-3. Posivak stole second and then Bubb was walked. The Leopards were positioned to put up additional damage, but the Eagles successfully got out of the jam.
The Leopards knotted the score up in the fifth once Cohen, who led off the inning with a single to center, later came in to score on a wild pitch.
For the second time in the afternoon, the Leopards capitalized with two outs. Woinski shot a two-out single through the left side and scored once Spencer Rouse ripped a triple into the gap in left center. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases up for Lafayette and a Bubb infield single gave the Leopards a 6-4 advantage.
The Eagles were threatening in the ninth though once they started the inning with two straight singles and a throwing error loaded the bases with no outs. Bryant Miranda came up and grounded out to short, but a run was plated on the play and it was suddenly a one-run game, 6-5.
Connor Jones was called upon out of the bullpen for the Leopards was put into a jam. However, the sophomore struck out the next Eagles’ batter for the second out of the inning, before closing out the game and recording his first save of the season by getting Treyes to ground out to first.