Baseball Edged in Pair of PL Games
EASTON, Pa. -- The Lafayette baseball team was edged in a pair of one-run Patriot League games by Army on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
John Selsor and Steven Cohen were the lone Leopards (3-26, 1-3 PL) to tally a multi-hit game against the Black Knights (11-16, 3-1 PL). Selsor picked up three hits and drove in a pair in game two, while Cohen went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the first tilt.
Game 1: Army 5, Lafayette 4 (8 innings)
WP: Carte Van Gytenbeek (2-1) , LP: Mark Anderson (0-2)
The first game of the afternoon came down to the wire and featured late game heroics from both sides. The Leopards were in control for nearly the entire game as David Giusti turned in one of the best performances of his career on College Hill. The sophomore tossed a career-high 6.2 innings and was one strike away from throwing his first complete game with a career-best six strikeouts.
Entering the sixth, the score was knotted at one, but after Dan Leckie reached on an Army error, he later came in to score on a Spencer Rouse RBI triple to right. During the next at-bat, Leckie crossed the plate on a ground out to the right side and the Leopards went ahead 3-1 heading into the seventh.
After getting two quick outs, the Black Knights notched back-to-back singles and set up Kris Lindner, the third hitter in the order. He was down in the count with two strikes and on the third pitch of the at-bat, hit a three-run home run to put Army on top 4-3.
The Leopards countered in the bottom half of the inning on a Cohen solo blast to the opposite field and the game was knotted up at four. However, Army scored in the eighth and went on to grab the 5-4 win.
Game 2: Army 10, Lafayette 9
WP: Daniel Gibbons (2-1), LP: Kyle Johnson (0-2), SV: Van Gytenbeek (2)
The second game featured a late rally by the Leopards as they put up six runs in the eighth inning, but ultimately came up short by one run against the Black Knights.
Lafayette led 3-2 heading into the fifth, but the Black Knights plated four in the inning to move ahead 6-3. The lead remained three until the seventh when Army added two more runs to go on top 8-3. Following another two-run inning in the eighth, Army's lead was extended to seven.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Leopards got hot at the plate and it began with a John Selsor single and Leckie double to put two runners in scoring position. After the first out of the inning was recorded, Ezekiel Berg drove in a pair on a two-RBI single up the middle.
Luke Robinson then came up and belted a two-run blast over the fence in right center to trim the deficit to three, 10-7. Following a Nick Shah single and Trey Durrah walk, another Lafayette run scored on a Quentin Bubb RBI single up the middle.
One final run was plated in the inning once Selsor poked an RBI single through the right side and the Army lead was cut to one. However, it ended there for the Leopards as they left the bases loaded and were unable to score in the ninth.
The Leopards will resume play on Tuesday when they travel on the road to take on Saint Joseph's in a Liberty Bell Classic game at 3 p.m.