Baseball Falls to Hawks in Liberty Bell Classic Game
MERION STATION, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team saw an early lead fade as they ultimately dropped a Liberty Bell Classic tilt to Saint Joseph’s, 11-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Smithson Field.
The Leopards (3-27) jumped on the Hawks (7-14) early with a score in the first, but Saint Joseph’s went on to put up 11 unanswered runs and grab the non-conference victory.
Lafayette tallied six hits on the afternoon, with two coming from Dan Leckie. The sophomore batted 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and also drew a base on balls in the contest.
The Leopards got on the board first once Steven Cohen, who homered over the weekend against Army, belted a pitch over the fence in left to lead off the game.
The Lafayette lead quickly disappeared though as the Hawks plated four runs in the bottom half of the first. The Hawks’ advantage moved to five, 6-1, after adding a pair of runs in the third with no outs in the inning.
Brian Lannino was then called on in relief for the Leopards and tossed three scoreless innings out of the pen, while fanning two batters. The freshman got the first batter he faced to fly out to right before inducing an inning-ending double play.
Lafayette was held to four hits the rest of the way, while Saint Joseph’s tacked on five additional runs.
The Leopards will return to action this weekend when they make the trip to Annapolis, Md. for a PL doubleheader matchup with Navy beginning at noon on Saturday.