Baseball Drops Twinbill to Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After falling by three runs in the opening game of a doubleheader to Navy, the Lafayette baseball team saw a late lead escape them in the second tilt of the twinbill, giving the Midshipmen the sweep.
At the plate for the Maroon and White (3-29, 1-5 PL), Quentin Bubb picked up a pair of hits in the first game of the afternoon, while Richard Villa had two in the second. Lafayette was outhit 20-13 by Navy (21-12, 4-2 PL)
Game 1: Navy 4, Lafayette 1 (7 innings)
WP: Noah Song (5-2) , LP: Trevor Houck (2-5), SV: Jett Meenach (4)
Trevor Houck got the nod on the mound and he turned in six innings of solid work, allowing just two earned runs, whiling fanning three. However, the Leopards had a difficult time mustering much off the Navy starter, Noah Song, who went 6.2 innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven.
The Leopards jumped ahead 1-0 in the first once Steven Cohen was hit by a pitch and after moving to third on a Bubb single to right, scored on a John Selsor sacrifice fly. Lafayette loaded up the bases before the inning came to a close, but the Midshipmen escaped the jam.
Through the final six innings of play, the Lafayette bats were limited to four hits. Two of those knocks came in the fourth, when Spencer Rouse and Alex Woinski jarred back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, but neither were able to advance and Navy once again successfully worked out of trouble.
While the Leopards' offense was unable to produce much at the plate, the Midshipmen crawled back into the game and knotted the game up at one in the second, before going on to plate three additional unanswered runs over the following two innings. Navy took its three-run advantage into the seventh and despite a two-out triple to right by Bubb, closed it out for the win in the series opener.
Game 2: Navy 10, Lafayette 5
WP: Brian Wikoff (1-0), LP: Mark Anderson (0-3)
With the score even at one entering the fourth, the Leopards went ahead with a pair of runs. Dan Leckie led off the inning with a base on balls and after being sacrificed over to second, came in to score on a Rouse RBI double to left center. Rouse did not remain on the bases for long though as he too scored once Villa shot an RBI single into center.
The Midshipmen knotted the score up in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own, but Lafayette retook the lead in the fifth. Brandon Posivak belted a triple into left center and two batters later, scored on a Bubb sacrifice bunt to give the Leopards a 4-3 advantage.
In the seventh, Lafayette expanded its lead to two, but Navy came right back and put up seven unanswered runs to go ahead 10-5. The Leopards put up one last charge at the plate as they put two runners in scoring position before one scored on a Navy throwing error. It would end there though as Navy did not permit another Lafayette run to score.
The Leopards resume the series tomorrow afternoon with another doubleheader on tilt to begin at noon.