Leopards Fall in Patriot League Twinbill
EASTON, Pa. -- The Lafayette baseball team dropped the opening twinbill of a four-game series with Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
The Leopards (3-39, 1-13 PL) were held to six hits in each of the games against Lehigh (14-24, 4-12 PL), while the Mountain Hawks combined to tally 22 base knocks. Steven Cohen, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, and Luke Robinson were the lone Lafayette batters to pick up a hit in each of the games.
Game 1: Lehigh 3, Lafayette 2 (7 innings)
WP: Connor Donovan (3-2) , LP: Trevor Houck (2-7), SV: Ethan Frohman (3)
Trevor Houck turned in a solid performance on the mound for the Leopards in the series opener. The senior went the distance, while fanning three Lehigh batters and only allowing two earned runs. The righty limited the Mountain Hawks to one run entering the sixth, but Lehigh scored in the final two innings of play to grab the 3-2 victory.
Houck got into trouble in the second and Lehigh pushed a run across the board on an RBI bunt single with runners on the corners. After loading the bases with one out in the inning, the Mountain Hawks failed to add to their slim lead as Houck picked up his first strikeout of the afternoon before getting the third out of the inning to fly out to center.
In the fourth, John Selsor shot a ball down towards the Lehigh third baseman and he committed a fielding error that would eventually cost the Mountain Hawks. Isaiah Berg came up with Selsor on first and blasted an RBI triple that bounced to the fence in right center to even the score up at one. Berg would come in to score and give the Leopards a 2-1 advantage once Luke Robinson hit an RBI single to left.
Lafayette held that one-run lead heading into the sixth, but the Mountain Hawks tied it up. With the score still tied in the top of the seventh, Lehigh hit a game-deciding solo home run to left center to take the series opener.
Game 2: Lehigh 9, Lafayette 1
WP: Jason Reynolds (3-4), LP: Kenny Campbell (0-4)
The Leopards ran into a tough matchup in the second tilt of the series as the Lehigh starter, Jason Reynolds, was on his game. Lafayette only manufactured five hits off the fast-working righty as he went seven innings allowing just one earned run.
Lehigh put up nine runs in the first four innings of the game and carried that 9-0 lead into the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, Patrick Nelson and AJ Kloehn got the inning started with back-to-back singles. The Leopards then loaded the bases once Berg drew a base on balls. After the first out was recorded, Quentin Bubb hit a ball in the air to deep center that was caught, but it allowed Nelson to score.
The Leopards were limited to two hits the rest of the way as Lehigh went on to grab the first two games of the series.
Lafayette and Lehigh will resume the rivalry matchup tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader slated to start at noon at Kamine Stadium.