Spartans Complete Series Sweep of Leopards
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four runs in the ninth inning was not enough to overcome an early deficit and the Lafayette baseball team ultimately fell 11-8 to UNCG on Saturday afternoon at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
In the final three innings of play, the Leopards (2-18) totaled six runs, but the Spartans (12-8) strong start made it difficult to mount a comeback. Over that span, six of Lafayette's seven knocks were extra base hits.
Luke Robinson provided a huge spark at the end of the game, hitting a solo home run and belting an RBI triple. He finished 2-for-5 at the dish and was one of three Lafayette batters to tally a multi-hit game. Quentin Bubb and John Selsor also racked up a pair of hits and combined to score four runs.
The Spartan bats were red-hot in the first inning of play, tallying four extra base hits. With two outs and a runner on second, UNCG rattled off a single and four consecutive doubles, which accounted for five runs.
The lead remained five until the Leopards got on the board in the third. Bubb doubled to left center for Lafayette’s first hit and after advancing to third on a passed ball, he came in to score once Spencer Rouse grounded out to the left side of the infield.
In the bottom of the inning, the Spartans tacked on a single run once Devin Ruiz doubled down the left field line and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-1.
After the Leopards added a run in the fourth on an Alex Woinski RBI double, the Spartans countered by plating three in the fifth to gain a 9-2 advantage.
Lafayette and UNCG traded a run in both the seventh and eighth inning and the score was 11-4 heading into the ninth. The Spartans changed pitchers to start the inning and John Selsor welcomed him with a double to right center. Two batters later, Posivak was walked and the bases then were loaded once Bubb singled through the right side.
With two outs in the inning, Mark Glover was due up next and he cleared the bases when he shot a double down the right field line. The Leopards added one final run on a Robinson RBI triple into center, but it ended there for the Maroon and White.
The Leopards are scheduled to host Seton Hall on Wednesday at Kamine Stadium for the home opener slated for 3 p.m.