Leopards Launch Three Homers in Win Over Holy Cross
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette baseball team and Holy Cross combined for 30 runs in a pair of Patriot League games and each walked away with a one-run victory to split the opening day of the series on Saturday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
Alex Woinski saw the ball well all afternoon against the Holy Cross (19-22, 12-6 PL) pitching staff. The senior picked up a pair of multi-hit games for the Leopards (4-43, 2-16 PL) and went a combined 5-for-8 with three RBIs. John Selsor also recorded multiple hits in the two contests, batting 4-for-8 in the third spot in the lineup with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, five RBIs and a homer.
Game 1: Lafayette 8, Holy Cross 7 (7 innings)
WP: Kyle Johnson (1-4), LP: Brendan King (3-5)
The Lafayette bats were firing on all cylinders in the series opener and the team belted three homers to claim the win over the Crusaders.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Leopards knotted the score up at two with three hits in the inning, including an RBI double by Selsor. In the third, Selsor came up for the second time in the game and crushed the ball over the fence in right center to give the Leopards their first lead of the day.
Lafayette extended its lead in the fourth once two runners were on for AJ Kloehn, who connected on a pitch for a three-run homer. During the next at-bat, Isaiah Berg singled through the left side, setting up Steven Cohen for a two-run blast to right to put the Leopards ahead 7-2.
Holy Cross came up in the fifth and trimmed the deficit to three, 7-4, but Lafayette pushed the lead back to four after Luke Robinson was hit by a pitch and scored on a Woinski RBI double to left center.
In the seventh, the Leopards got into a jam while leading 8-4 as the Crusaders loaded the bases with one out in the inning. Back-to-back singles plated three runs to make it a one-run game, but David Giusti got a timely strikeout and then got the third out of the inning to ground into a fielder’s choice to secure the victory for the Maroon and White.
Game 2: Holy Cross 8, Lafayette 7
WP: George Capen (4-0), LP: Mark Anderson (0-4), SV: Jon Escobar (1)
Entering the bottom half of the third in the second game, the Leopards trailed 1-0, but Trey Durrah smashed a solo homer to right field for his first career home run to even the score up at one. The Leopards continued to swing a hot bat at the plate and scored two more runs in the inning to go ahead 3-1.
The lead did not hold for long though as the Crusaders come up to bat and retook the lead with three runs of their own in the fourth. However, Lafayette responded with a run in bottom half of the frame to knot the score up at four.
In the fifth, Robinson sent a booming strike into right center that went to the fence and he made it to third safely, setting up Woinski for an RBI single into left.
The Leopards’ 5-4 advantage held until the ninth, but the Crusader offense got in rhythm and rattled off four runs. Trailing by three, the Leopards had runners on first and second with one out before Selsor hit a two-RBI double into the gap in left center. Lafayette put runners on the corners after Woinski hit a two-out single, but the inning came to a close once Holy Cross successfully escaped the jam.
The Patriot League series between the Leopards and Crusaders will continue tomorrow with a doubleheader slated to start at noon at Kamine Stadium.