DAY 6 -- One career milestone was reached yesterday and another one today when starting pitcher Tyler Ferguson became the school's all-time wins leader. Ferguson helped the Redhawks defeat 16-time defending UMAC champion St. Scholastica 12-7 on Thursday morning.
La Roche twice overcame deficits to earn the win including a five run hole in the fourth inning. The Redhawks trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth but a John Watson three-run homer and Franzee Barlamas RBI single cut it to one run. La Roche scored four more in the six and two more in the eighth while holding St. Scholastica scoreless over the final five innings.
Ferguson struck out 6 batters in 7 1/3 innings to record his 23rd career victory. He passes All-Region pitcher and former teammate James Connelly for the program record. Regis Sauers threw a perfect 1 2/3 innings to register his first collegiate save.
La Roche's offense, which ranked fourth in the NCAA last season, produced a season-high 18 hits in their comeback win. Watson belted his three-run home run while Barlamas and Matt Sabatini each hit in two runs. Nine Redhawks scored including Sabatini, Luis Navedo, and Corey Lazor who scored two each. Sabatini, Lazor and Barlamas all finished with 3 hits.
The Redhawks return to campus after one of their most successful starts in school history. They went 3-1 against teams who won their conference in 2014 (Susquehanna 1-0, St. Scholastica 2-1) and beat two pitchers (Kenyon's Jesse Bogacz and Paul Henshaw) who threw no-hitters the previous week.
DAY 5 -- La Roche Baseball put together two late inning rallies to pick up a 4-3, 4-2 double-header sweep of Kenyon College on Wednesday. Franzee Barlamas drove in both game winners to help Coach Rowe earn his 200th career victory.
The Redhawks entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 3-1. Watson reached on an error to lead off the seventh and advanced to second on a Luis Navedo single. Dylan Wolsonovich got on with a fielder's choice and Brian Tougher tied it with an RBI double. Barlamas followed with the game winning hit.
Walt Hadjuk threw all seven innings to register the complete game victory. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while walking one and striking out one.
A Wolsonovich sacrifice fly and Colin Williamson run opened up the game 2 scoring but both teams entered the seventh deadlocked at 2-2. Barlamas came up big again with a 2-run single in the top half of the inning and La Roche held on for the 4-2 win.
Brady Hamer got the start and gave up just one run in 5 1/3 innings of work. Cory Podvasnik earned the win in relief.
The Redhawks wrap up Spring Break tomorrow when they play St. Scholastica (10am).
DAY 4 -- La Roche Baseball (3-2) dropped a 17-10 game to St. Scholastica on Tuesday afternoon.
Luis Navedo belted his first home run of the season with a solo shot over the centerfield wall. Brian Tougher went 3 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs and a walk. Matt Sabatini had 3 hits, 2 doubles, hit in two and scored while Dylan Wolsonovich scored twice and produced an RBI. Franzee Barlamas and John Watson each had an RBI and scored.
The Redhawks play a double-header against Kenyon tomorrow. Game times are 10am and 1pm.
DAY 3 – Baseball split a double-header with Westminster falling in Game 1 10-1 before earning a 6-5 walkoff win in Game 2.
The Redhawks trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 before putting together a late rally. Alex Simone led off the inning with a triple and tied it on a Luis Navedo sacrifice fly. Franzee Barlamas then walked, stole second and scored the winning run on a Brian Tougher single.
La Roche will play a nine inning game against St. Scholastica on Tuesday.
DAY 2 – Starting pitcher Regis Sauers threw six scoreless innings as #24 La Roche Baseball picked up a big 3-1 victory over St. Scholastica on Sunday afternoon. St. Scholastica has won 16-straight UMAC titles and has made 10-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Sauers threw a gem in his first collegiate start. He gave up just six hits (one extra base hit) and did not allow a walk while striking out three. Brady Hamer and Cory Podvasnik each threw an inning of relief with Podvasnik picking up his second save of the season.
Luis Navedo provided 3 hits including an RBI single. Alex Simone scored twice and had the winning run. Franzee Barlamas also scored while Dylan Wolsonovich, Dave Lemely and Matt Sabatini all reached base twice.
La Roche will play a double header against Westminster tomorrow. Games are scheduled for 9am and noon.
DAY 1 – #24 La Roche opened the season with a 6-5 victory over Susquehanna University on Saturday afternoon in Florida.
The Redhawks were hitless and trailed 2-0 until they took the lead in the sixth inning. Luis Navedo and Brian Tougher reached on two-out singles and Franzee Barlamas followed with an RBI triple to tie it at 2-2. Barlamas then stole home to put La Roche ahead.
Pitcher Tyler Ferguson got the opening day start tossing 5 1/3 innings. He gave up just 2 runs (1 earned run) on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Hamer recorded the win and Cory Podvasnik the save.
The Redhawks play St. Scholastica tomorrow at 2:30PM. Last season, St. Scholastic won the UMAC Conference.