Hawks Rally Past Leopards in Midweek Tilt
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Despite carrying a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, the Lafayette baseball team was unable to hold it and ultimately fell to Monmouth 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon at MU Baseball Field.
Dan Leckie and Spencer Rouse led the Leopards (3-37) at the plate against Monmouth (12-20), combining for four hits. Leckie went a perfect 3-for-3 on the afternoon with a run scored and an RBI, while Rouse batted 1-for-3 and drove in two.
Eight Lafayette batters came to the plate in the first and the Maroon and White capitalized with runners on base. All of the damage was done with no outs in the inning and it began once Quentin Bubb was walked and scored on a Luke Robinson RBI double to right center, his 10th two-bagger of the season. John Selsor then worked a 10-pitch at-bat that resulted in a base on balls, setting up Leckie for an RBI single into left center to put the Leopards up 2-0.
The bases then loaded up as the Leopards drew their third free pass in the inning and Rouse drove in Selsor on a sacrifice fly to left.
Monmouth came up in the bottom half of the inning and put a dent into the Leopards’ lead after a two-out double and two-run homer.
David Giusti replaced the Lafayette starter, Brendan Ball, on the mound in the fourth and turned in a solid performance by fanning four Monmouth batters and not allowing a single baserunner through 2.2 innings of work.
It remained a one-run game until the fifth when Leckie reached on an infield single and after stealing second, came in to score on a Rouse RBI double down the left field line.
In the seventh though, the Hawks tacked on a run after the second batter of the inning was walked and scored on a double to right center to cut the Leopards’ lead to one, 4-3.
After a scoreless eighth and top half of the ninth, Lafayette entered the final frame with its one-run advantage. However, when the Hawks came up to bat, the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and after advancing to second on a passed ball, scored the game-tying run on a Dan Shea single to center.
With still no outs in the inning, and Shea standing on second after swiping a bag, Pete Papcun shot the game-winning RBI double into left center to walk it off for Monmouth.
The Leopards will return to Patriot League action this weekend when they host Lehigh in The Rivalry for a four-game series beginning on Saturday at noon at Kamine Stadium.