Leopards Drop Twinbill to Army
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team battled in both games of a Patriot League doubleheader this afternoon, but couldn’t keep pace with Army as the Black Knights took both contests.
Two big innings from Army proved to be the difference in game one on Saturday afternoon, as the Black Knights earned a 10-5 win. Brett Kreyer (1-5) got the start on the mound for the Leopards and struck out three across 3.1 innings of work. Tyler Giovinco (5-3) started opposite Kreyer, earning the win after five innings on the bump.
Lafayette took a slim lead early as Richard Villa belted a one-out double to the right field wall. With Villa on second, Jake Sniegocki hit a single up the middle to put the Leopards up 1-0. The Maroon and White’s lead held until the fourth inning when the Black Knights were able to break through against Brett Kreyer after the sophomore set Army down in order the previous inning.
The Black Knights used two deep triples and a double to do the damage, as the visitors pushed across five runs. Kyle Johnson came on in relief and was able to get the final two outs to stop Army’s momentum.
The Maroon and White loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning, but were only able to push one run across as Spencer Rouse worked a walk to bring home Steven Cohen. Lafayette cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth, courtesy of a two-run double from Villa. John Marti worked a two-out walk to start the rally and was moved to second on a looping single from Cohen. Villa did the damage in the next at-bat, belting a double to center field to cut Army’s lead to 5-4.
The Leopards’ momentum swing didn’t last long however, as the Black Knights were able to scratch five runs across in the top of the sixth to break the game open. Jake Sniegocki grabbed one run back for the Leopards with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, but Army held on for the victory.
Lafayette jumped out to an early lead in the second game, but couldn’t fend off Army at the plate, falling by a final score of 13-2.
The Maroon and White got out to a hot start in game two, using a two out rally to get on the board. John Marti laced a two out single to get things started and Cohen put the Leopards up with one swing of the bat, pushing a moonshot over the right field wall for his third home run of the year.
Army was able to knot the score at 2-2 in the second inning before plating two more runs in the third to put the Leopards down 4-2. Lafayette had a chance to retake the lead in third with the bases juiced. Mark Glover led-off with a single and was followed by Robinson who earned a base-on-balls. Cohen loaded the bases with a single, but Army quelled the Maroon and White’s bats from there as the Leopards couldn’t break through.
A three-run homer in the fifth inning swung the momentum in Army’s favor and the Black Knights put their foot on the gas from there as the Leopards couldn’t generate any more offense as Army grabbed the win.
Cohen had an excellent day at the plate for the Leopards, going 3-for-7 (.429), knocking in two runs while scoring three.
The Maroon and White close out their series with Army tomorrow morning. The game has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. due to the weather forecast for Sunday afternoon.