Baseball Splits with Army in PL Opener
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team opened up its 2017 Patriot League slate and split with Army on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader tilt at Kamine Stadium.
The Leopards took the first game 10-6, before falling 10-5 in the nightcap. Steven Cohen set the tone at the leadoff spot for the Maroon and White, batting a combined 4-for-8 with four runs scored in the two games. John Selsor, who has been the hottest hitter for the Leopards as of late, added four hits and three RBIs.
Game 1: Lafayette 10, Army 6 (7 innings)
WP: Trevor Houck (2-4), LP: Drake Titus (1-2)
Trevor Houck got the nod in game one and went the distance, walking just one of the 32 batters he faced. The senior struck out four and allowed three earned runs on eight hits.
Both the Leopards and Black Knights experienced issues on the defensive end in the opening game of the series. Each team recorded four defensive miscues, which extended innings and allowed several runs to score.
Army took a five-run lead, 6-1, into the bottom of the fifth, but it quickly faded as the Leopards began to pour on the runs. The inning started with a Cohen double to right and he ended up on third on a fielding error by the Black Knights. After he came in to score on a Quentin Bubb sacrifice fly, the Leopards got back-to-back base hits from Selsor and Dan Leckie.
The bases were loaded up after Luke Robinson was hit by a pitch and an Army error during the ensuing at-bat permitted two Lafayette runs to score. With two runners on, Robinson was driven in on an Alex Woinski single through the right side.
A wild pitch put another run on the board for Lafayette and the game was tied at six. The Leopards loaded the bases for the second time in the inning after Brandon Posivak was walked and the Black Knights were forced to make a pitching change.
The Leopards stayed in rhythm and batted around the lineup. A failed pickoff attempt followed by a Cohen single, plated a pair of runs before Robinson drove in two additional runs when he tripled to deep left.
When the inning came to a close, Lafayette led 10-6 and it ended that way, giving the Leopards the victory in their conference opener.
Game 2: Army 10, Lafayette 5
WP: Jacob Carte (2-1) LP: Brett Kreyer (0-6)
There was a combined 25 hits in the second game of the afternoon, but it was the Black Knights (9-16, 1-1 PL) who came out on top.
The Leopards (3-24, 1-1 PL) were first to score once Cohen was hit by a pitch and after being sacrificed over by Bubb, scored on a Selsor RBI single up the middle.
Army not only tied the game up at one in the second, but also went on to grab a 4-1 advantage by the fourth inning. Lafayette got back on the board with a Woinski leadoff solo shot to left in the fourth, but once again the Black Knights went on a run and led 7-2 entering the seventh.
In the seventh, Cohen shot a leadoff single through the right side and scored once Bubb belted an RBI double into left. After three more runs were tacked on for Army in the eighth, Lafayette came up to hit in the bottom half of the inning and put together one final charge, scoring two runs, but the scoring concluded there for the Maroon and White.
The Leopards and Black Knights will close out the season series tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader set to start at noon.