PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche Baseball (16-11, 7-1) belted three home runs and 39 hits en route to a 23-12, 24-4 double-header sweep of Penn State Altoona (5-8, 0-6) in AMCC Conference play on Wednesday afternoon.
The Redhawks trailed 9-1 heading into the fifth inning of Game 1 but put up a ten spot in the top of the inning to take a 10-9 lead. The inning was highlighted by a grand slam by Colin Fiekles and a three run shot by Colin Williamson. Fiekles also had an RBI single to right field and Jon Watson doubled to right field as the Redhawks burst out for ten runs.
Penn State Altoona answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth but a Watson RBI, a Cory Podvasnik sacrifice fly and two errors put La Roche ahead 16-11. The Redhawks added seven more on a Williamson home run and 2-run doubles by Williamson and Anthony Girdano to earn the 23-12 Game 1 victory.
Williamson finished with a career-high 7 RBIs and belted 2 home runs and Fiekles went 4 for 5 with a home run, 5 RBI, and 4 runs. Watson had 4 RBI and scored 3 runs while Podvasnik and Sean Lubin also scored 3 runs. Girdano had 2 RBIs in the victory.
The Redhawks continued to swing hot bats in the second game and used two 9-run innings to earn the 24-9 Game 2 win. La Roche reached base thirty-nine times in the game and registered twenty-four hits.
Corey Lazor went 2 for 3 with 4 runs, and 2 RBI while Franzee Barlamas scored three and hit in one. Fiekles had another strong game with 5 RBI and 3 runs and Williamson and Lubin each scored 3 runs. Alex Simone and Anthony Girdano both hit in 3 in the win.
La Roche Baseball will travel to Hilbert College on Sunday for a double-header. The game is rescheduled from April 5.