Offensive Barrage Leads Leopards to Win Over Explorers
PHILADELPHIA – The Lafayette baseball team carried its hot hitting into Tuesday’s non-conference matchup with La Salle and put up a season-high in runs after claiming a 13-7 victory over the Explorers at Hank DeVincent Field.
With the 13 runs scored against the Explorers (8-33), Lafayette (7-43) has now plated 33 runs in its last three outings combined. The 13 runs was the most scored by a Lafayette team since April 20, 2016 when the Leopards defeated Monmouth 13-12.
It was a total team effort for the Leopards, who had nine different batters record a hit, including the top eight guys in the order. John Selsor was one of four Leopards to have a multi-hit game against La Salle, marking the fourth time in his last five outings that the sophomore has accomplished that feat.
Spencer Rouse got things started for the Maroon and White with a one-out double and later came in to score once Luke Robinson belted his sixth homer of the year to right, the most by a Lafayette player this season.
In the second, Lafayette piled it on and extended its lead to nine, 9-0. The inning began with back-to-back singles by Pat Nelson and Durrah. After the two baserunners were sacrificed over, Nelson scored on an Explorers’ fielding error.
Quentin Bubb then drew a base on balls to load up the bags for Rouse, who was also walked, permitting another run to score. With the bases still loaded, Selsor shot an RBI single into right and Robinson then came up and grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing the fourth run of the inning to cross the plate.
With runners on the corners, Alex Woinski dug into the box and smashed a three-run shot over the fence in left to give the Leopards the 9-0 advantage.
La Salle had problems generating baserunners early against the Lafayette starter, Brian Lannino, as he allowed just two hits through three innings. However, the Explorers got a leadoff single in the fourth and that led to a two-run home run. La Salle would add two additional runs in the inning to trim the deficit to five, 9-4.
In the fifth, Villa hit the Leopards’ third dinger of the day as he launched one to right with one out in the inning to help the Leopards reach double-digit runs for the third consecutive game. Lafayette added another insurance run in the sixth after Marti hit a leadoff single and later scored on Bubb base hit to left.
The Explorers trailed 11-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but pieced together three runs to cut the Lafayette lead to four.
The lead remained four until the ninth as Lafayette looked to tack on more runs. Following a Selsor double and a Robinson base on balls, Villa drove in a run on a single to left center. La Salle managed to get the second out of the inning, but Robinson scored from third on a Durrah single through the right side to put Lafayette on top, 13-7.
La Salle pieced together one last charge and loaded the bases in the ninth. After a two-RBI double, the Lafayette lead was cut to four, but Mark Anderson entered the game and got the final out of the inning to secure the Leopards’ victory.
The Leopards will close out the 2017 season with a three-game set at Kamine Stadium against Niagara beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday slated for noon.