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Redhawks Sweep Extra-Inning Double-Header Against Penn State Behrend, Climb Into First Place in AMCC Conference

Redhawks Sweep Extra-Inning Double-Header Against Penn State Behrend, Climb Into First Place in AMCC Conference

PITTSBURGH, PA -- La Roche Baseball (15-14, 11-3) took a half game lead in the AMCC Conference standings with a double-header sweep of Penn State Behrend (21-10, 10-3) 6-5 (12 innings), 4-3 in a thriller at John Arnold Sr. Memorial Field on Sunday.

The Redhawks trailed 5-2 in the fifth inning of Game 1 but three consecutive one-run singles sent the game into extra innings. Dustin Lalle led off the inning with a walk and Casey Zimmerman, Brian Tougher, Ryan Fennell, and Dan Burns followed with singles. La Roche and Penn State Behrend both had chances to win it before Adam Zimmerman singled home Dan Burns in the bottom of the twelfth.

Brian Tougher got on base four times and hit in 3 runs while Casey Zimmerman and Dan Burns each recorded 2 hits and a run scored. Dustin Lalle scored twice and Ryan Fennel got on three times and added an RBI.

Cole Lentz and Jesse Bauer threw 6 innings apiece in the win. Lentz allowed 5 runs (3 earned runs) on 5 hits while striking out 3 batters and walking none. Bauer did not allow a run and struck out 6 batters in relief.

Dustin Lalle and Shane Healey provided sixth inning doubles and Tyler Ferguson threw a scoreless seventh inning to lift the Redhawks to a 4-3 Game 2 win.

Brian Tougher finished with 3 hits and Shane Healy went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and scored twice. Dustin Lalle and Casey Zimmerman scored runs and Ryan Fennell and Dan Burns contributed RBI.

Reed Tomlinson allowed only 3 runs (2 earned runs) in 5 1/3 innings of work while striking out a career-high 10 batters. Tyler Ferguson threw 1 2/3 of scoreless relief to record the win.