PITTSBURGH, PA – The Redhawks (10-3) extended their home win-streak to 13 games with a 5-0, 6-4 double-header sweep over Westminster College (7-5). La Roche also defeated the Titans in the NCAA Tournament last May to record the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
Colin Fiekles put the Redhawks on the board in the second inning of Game 1 when he singled, stole second base, and scored. La Roche scored 3 runs in the third inning on runs from Tyler Craig, Shane Healey, and Dan Burns and an RBI single by Matt Sabatini before Anthony Girdano hit home Sean Lubin in the fifth inning to make it 5-0.
Shane Healey went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and an RBI and Anthony Girdano had an RBI single and a stolen base. Colin Fiekles reached base twice, stole a base, and scored and Matt Sabatini and Colin Williamson registered RBIs. Dan Burns and Tyler Craig scored runs.
Redhawks' pitchers Tyler Ferguson, Walt Hadjuk, and Tim Devine combined for a 2-hit shutout. Ferguson (1-2) threw 5 strong innings and allowed just 1 hit while striking out 6 batters to record the win. Hadjuk went 1/3 of an inning and Devine tossed 1 2/3 and struck out 3 batters.
La Roche broke open a 1-1 tie in the third inning of Game 2 with RBI doubles from Dan Burns and Colin Fiekles and an RBI single by Brian Herb. Westminster scored twice in the top of the fourth inning but the Redhawks answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 6-4. The Titans registered an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning but Jesse Bauer struck out the final two batters to preserve the win.
Dan Burns had a tremendous game going 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Anthony Girdano got on base three times, scored twice, and doubled, and Shane Healey doubled and scored. Colin Fiekles had an RBI double and scored and Andrew Zeger reached base twice and scored. Brian Herb singled and scored in the win.
Starting pitcher Ryan Fennell went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned runs) on 6 hits to register the win. Jesse Bauer struck out 3 batters in 3 innings to notch his fourth save of the season.
La Roche Baseball will travel to Thiel College on Tuesday to take on the Tomcats. Thiel is coming off a 14-0 victory over Hiram College which saw starting pitcher Nick Rossmiller pitch a perfect game.