Baseball Walks It Off in Pair of PL Games
EASTON, Pa. -- With a pair of late-game heroics, the Lafayette baseball team was able to rally past Patriot League foe Holy Cross for two wins on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
Lafayette (6-43, 4-16 PL) put on a solid display of hitting as the team tallied 20 runs on 29 hits in the two games combined. Leading the offensive barrage against the Crusaders (19-24, 12-8 PL) was Spencer Rouse, who batted a combined 5-for-7 with three runs scored, five RBIs and a walk-off three-run homer in the first game of the afternoon. The sophomore was one of six Lafayette batters to tally a multi-hit game and one of three to rack up three base knocks.
In the second spot in the order, Quentin Bubb had a day, notching four hits in eight at-bats including his first career home run, while scoring three runs and driving in four. John Selsor also had a productive pair of games, going 4-for-7 with three RBIs, a homer and a run scored.
Game 1: Lafayette 10, Holy Cross 7 (7 innings)
WP: Connor Jones (2-3), LP: George Capen (4-1)
Three extra-base hits, including a pair of homers, pushed the Crusaders on top 4-0 in the first inning of play. However, the Leopards came right back and plated a pair to trim the deficit to two.
In the third, Holy Cross brought its lead back to four, but once again the Leopards had an answer. Steven Cohen led off the inning with a base on balls and came in to score on a Bubb two-run blast to left.
Trailing 6-4, the Leopards had runners on the corners in the fourth for Cohen, who drove in a run on an infield single. The game-tying run would later cross in the inning on a wild pitch.
After each team scored a run in the fifth and a scoreless sixth ensued, the two teams entered the seventh knotted up at seven.
Holy Cross failed to manufacture anything more than a single in the top half of the inning, setting up a dramatic finish. The Leopards started the bottom half of the frame with back-to-back singles by Alex Woinski and Pat Nelson, setting up Rouse.
The sophomore saw two pitches and was unable to push the runners over as his two sacrifice bunt attempts were unsuccessful. However, Rouse dug into the box and crushed a two-strike pitch over the fence in left to give the Leopards the 10-7 victory in thrilling fashion.
Game 2: Lafayette 10, Holy Cross 9
WP: Rob Ewald (1-0), LP: Michael Spada (2-1)
In the series finale, the Leopards once again found themselves in a hole as Holy Cross put up five runs over the course of the first three innings.
When it came time for Lafayette to bat in the third, Trey Durrah led things off with a single and after the second out of the inning was recorded, Bubb singled to center. Both came in to score as Selsor and Luke Robinson each notched an RBI single, respectively, and the Holy Cross lead was trimmed to three.
The Lafayette bats stayed in rhythm and in the fourth, Nelson and Rouse hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After being sacrificed over, John Marti belted a two-RBI single to left to make it a one-run game, 5-4. Two batters later, Marti put on the wheels and sprinted around the bases to score on a Bubb RBI single to even the score up at five.
In the fifth, the Leopards took their first lead of the game once Selsor sent the first pitch he saw over the fence in left. Despite the next two batters being retired in order, the Leopards kept the momentum going. Nelson doubled to right and scored on a Rouse RBI single to left to extend the lead to two, 7-5.
Holy Cross went on to plate three in the sixth and then one in the eighth, though, to go ahead 9-7. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Marti drew a leadoff base on balls and was standing on third after a Cohen double to right center.
A run came in to score on a Bubb RBI groundout to the left side of the infield, before Selsor drove in Cohen on an RBI single to right center to once again tie the game up.
In the ninth, Rob Ewald picked up two strikeouts before getting the final out of the inning to ground out.
With the Leopards at the plate in a 9-9 game, Nelson shot a leadoff single through the right side and Brandon Posivak came in to pinch run. The freshman was sacrificed over to second and then advanced to third on a groundout to the right side. After Marti was walked, the Crusaders had a meeting on the mound and elected to intentionally walk Cohen, who was due up next in the order.
When Cohen stepped into the box, the first pitch thrown by the Holy Cross pitcher air-mailed the catcher and Posivak dashed to the plate, slid and scored to secure the series victory over the Crusaders.
Lafayette will look to keep its momentum going when the Leopards head to Philadelphia on Tuesday for a non-conference meeting with La Salle slated for 3:30 p.m.