WASHINGTON, PA -- La Roche Baseball split with a PAC team for the second time in as many days losing the first game against Washington & Jefferson 7-2 before taking the late game 8-6. The Redhawks will play what amounts to an AMCC vs. PAC rubber match tomorrow when they travel to Thiel College.
In game 1, La Roche left runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings before taking a 2-0 lead in the third. Colin Williamson singled to lead off the inning and Joe Professori followed with an RBI double down the left field line. Two batters later Corey Lazor pulled a 2-0 pitch down the line to put the Redhawks up two runs.
La Roche held W&J scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when they cut the Redhawks' lead to one. La Roche went down in order in the fifth and the Presidents had four straight two-out hits in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-2 advantage. The Redhawks stranded a runner at second in the sixth inning and went down in order in the seventh.
The Redhawks scored four runs each in the third and sixth innings and held on for the two run victory in game 2.
W&J got on the board first with a run on a wild pitch in the first inning. But much like in the first game, Lazor, Herstine and Lemley played a major role in the Redhawks offensive output. Shane Roebuck opened the third with a single and scored on a Lazor single into left field. Two batters later Herstine had an RBI double and Lemley followed with a 2-run double into the right field gap.
The Presidents went up 5-4 in the fifth but La Roche answered by scoring four in the top of the sixth inning. Roebuck again got the first run when he scored on a Tyler Craig double into left field. Joe Professori singled up the middle to score Craig and Lemley doubled home Professori. John Spina added the fourth run on a wild pitch. W&J got one back in the sixth but Trey Claar threw a scoreless seventh to preserve the victory.
Lemley had two doubles and three RBIs while Roebuck and Professori each scored two runs.
Starting pitcher Regis Sauers improved to 2-0 after striking out four in five innings. Claar registered his third save of the season.