Bucknell Completes Series Sweep of Leopards
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell completed the four-game series sweep over the Lafayette baseball team after claiming a pair of Patriot League wins on Sunday afternoon at Depew Field.
The Lafayette (3-36, 1-11 PL) bats were in rhythm all afternoon as five different Leopard hitters recorded a multi-hit game and five home runs were hit by five different players. Steven Cohen and Richard Villa each accounted for a pair of multi-hit games. Cohen went 5-for-7 with four runs scored and two stolen bases in the two games combined, while Villa batted 4-for-8 with three runs scored.
Third-year player AJ Kloehn went a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs in the Sunday opener, while John Selsor also picked up a pair of hits while driving in four. Spencer Rouse was the final Lafayette batter that accounted for two hits as the sophomore hit a pair of base knocks in the second game of the day against Bucknell (17-18, 8-4 PL).
Game 1: Bucknell 11, Leopards 10 (7 innings)
WP: Nate Grisius (1-1), LP: David Giusti (0-7)
There was an abundance of offense as the two teams combined for 21 runs on 27 hits in a seven-inning game. The Leopards compiled 10 runs on 12 hits, including three home runs, but came up short as the Bison put up three runs in the seventh to walk it off for the come-from-behind victory.
The Leopards jumped ahead in the first after Cohen hit a leadoff double to right and after moving over to third, scored on a Selsor sacrifice fly to left. However, the Bison came up in the bottom half of the inning and a single followed by a pair of doubles scored two.
In the second, the Leopards evened the score up at two. Luke Robinson drew a base on balls to lead off the inning and later came in to score on a Kloehn RBI single up the middle.
Bucknell plated a pair of runs over the next two innings and led 4-2 heading into the fourth. The Lafayette bats got hot in the fourth though and Villa got things started with a single through the left side. After being moved over to second, Kloehn connected on a pitch and sent it over the fence in right for his first home run of the season.
The Leopards offensive production did not stop there and two additional runs were plated in the inning to give Lafayette a 6-4 advantage. Despite the Bison trimming into the deficit with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, when the Leopards returned to the dish, Robinson returned the favor with a home run of his own to extend the lead back to two, 7-5.
Bucknell went ahead by one, 8-7, after tacking on three scores in the bottom of the fifth, but the Leopards took back the lead in the sixth on a Selsor two-run blast to center. Lafayette plated an insurance run in the seventh and moved ahead 10-8, but in the bottom half of the frame, the Bison tallied three doubles and two walks with two outs and captured the comeback win.
Game 2: Bucknell 8, Lafayette 5
WP: Jack Grabek (2-5), LP: Brian Lannino (0-4)
Brian Lannino was given the nod on the mound in the series finale and he was brilliant through 4.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits. However, the Bison eventually got to the rookie starter and put up three runs in the fifth to gain a two-run advantage. Only one of the three runs in the inning were earned due to a Lafayette fielding error.
In the sixth, the Leopards recorded their fourth homer of the afternoon once Villa launched a ball to deep center. Bucknell countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame and led 7-3.
Despite scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, the Leopards were unable to mount a comeback and ultimately fell 8-5.
The Leopards will resume play on Wednesday when they head to West Long Branch, N.J. for a midweek non-conference tilt with Monmouth slated for 3:30 p.m.