Houck Pitches Lafayette to Twinbill Split
April 20, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Freshman Trevor Houck took the ball for Lafayette in game two of Sunday's doubleheader and was up to the challenge, pitching Lafayette to a 7-2 victory over Bucknell to split the twinbill. The Bison held off Lafayette in game one by a 5-4 final.
The Maroon and White avoided a weekend sweep and improved to 11-22 in 2014 and 4-10 in the Patriot League. Bucknell maintained its position atop the League standings after the series finale and sits at 12-4 in the conference and 22-16-1 on the year.
Lafayette built a five-run cushion with single tallies in the first and third innings and a three-spot in the home half of the fourth. Alex Woinski's RBI double in the first scored Andrew Santomauro and Tyler Hudson delivered a two-out single to bring in Santomauro two innings later.
The Leopards gave themselves some breathing room with three unearned runs in the fourth that were charged to Bucknell starter Xavier Hammond. Hammond pitched 3 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs (one earned) on five hits. Jackson Kramer, Woinski and Hudson each collected a RBI in the fourth.
Making his first-career weekend start and third overall, Lafayette's right hander Houck was perfect through the first three innings and carried a no-hitter into the fifth. With two outs in the fifth, Carter Austin reached first on an error before Danny Rafferty's triple to the wall in right center put Bucknell on the board and broke up the no-no. Greg Wasikowski followed Rafferty's triple up with a liner through the middle to pull Bucknell within three runs at 5-2.
Lafayette's offense responded in the home half of the frame by taking advantage of an error in centerfield by Brett Smith. The miscue on a fly ball let Parker Hills take second base and brought up Brett Thompson. The Leopards' right fielder went the opposite way with a single through the hole between first and second as Hills scampered around from second. Lafayette led 6-2 after five full innings of action.
Looking for a shutdown frame in the sixth, Houck sent the Bison down in order, including his fourth strikeout of the afternoon. He retired six in a row before walking the final batter he faced, Carter Austin, with two down in the seventh. Ryan Callanan finished off the seventh for Lafayette as Houck was in line for his first win after tossing 6 2/3 innings. The rookie punched out five and allowed two unearned runs on two hits.
Callanan threw an inning, prior to giving way to sophomore Connor McMahon with two away and a man on first in the eighth. A single by Joe Ogren put runners on the corners for Jon Mayer, who worked out a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought the Bison within four runs at 7-3, before Sam Clark stranded a pair with a groundout to second base.
McMahon put two runners on with walks to begin the ninth before Alex Farina entered the game with a four-run lead and the potential tying run on deck. Farina struck out Refferty looking, got the second out on a fielder's choice and closed out his second save of the season with a 1-3 groundout.
Next up for Lafayette is a meeting with Monmouth on Wednesday at Kamine Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.