GREENSBURG, PA -- Luis Navedo had one of the most productive days in team history in the Redhawks' 2-game split at Pitt-Greensburg (15-6 [W], 11-10 [L]). Navedo went 7 for 9 with 4 home runs, 8 RBIs, 6 runs and a double in the series. David Lemley belted 2 home runs on the day and he and Navedo are now tied at the top of the AMCC with 8 home runs apiece.
Game 1: La Roche homered five times including three by Luis Navedo as the Redhawks took Game one 15-6. 10 of the team's 15 runs came way of the long ball.
Navedo put La Roche ahead 2-0 with a 2-run dinger over the left field wall. La Roche went up three when Ian Velez hit a fielder's choice to score Ben Herstine. Pitt-Greensburg got one back in the second but a pair of RBI doubles and a Herstine blast increased the La Roche lead to six in the fourth.
Navedo contributed his second homer of the game with nobody on base and two outs in the fifth. The Bobcats cut the lead to 10-6 over the next two innings but Navedo's three-run shot and David Lemley's two-run homer ended the comeback threat.
Navedo concluded one of the best single game performances in school history with 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 4 runs and a double. He also became the second Redhawk in a week to drive in 7 runs (Colin Williamson).
Herstine finished just a triple shy of his second consecutive cycle, scoring three times and driving in two. Corey Lazor scored 3 times and Lemley hit in two.
Starting pitcher Tanner Stanz earned the victory improving to 2-1 on the season.
Game 2: La Roche built a 9-1 cushion in the second game by scoring runs in the first four frames. A pair of sacrifice flys built a 2-0 lead and solo shots by Navedo and Lemley put the Redhawks ahead 4-0 in the third.
The Panthers got one back in the bottom half of the third but the La Roche offense broke out for five runs in the fourth. Tyler Craig singled home Cody Scruggs and Williamson followed with an RBI triple. Velez hit a run-scoring single up the left field line to give La Roche a 9-1 lead in the fourth.
Pitt-Greensburg needed a big hit to get back into it and found it with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth. The Panthers added two more in the sixth to make it a 9-8 game.
Scruggs answered the comeback threat with a solo home run in the seventh. The Redhawks were looking to tack on more in the top of the ninth but they stranded runners on second and third base. Pitt-Greensburg took advantage and won it in the bottom of the ninth.