PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche College baseball team clinched their third straight AMCC Regular Season Title and earned the right to host the conference tournament after sweeping Pitt-Bradford 5-1, 14-2 on Saturday afternoon. The win also breaks the school record for most regular season victories in a single season.
Game 1: Starting pitcher Regis Sauer was a force in the Redhawks' 5-1 Game 1 win. Sauer did not allow a runner to reach second base until the fifth inning and was backed up defensively from the get-go. La Roche got things going in the first when Colin Williamson and Tyler Craig turned a tailor-made double play and then Williamson scored the game's first run in the bottom of the inning. Cody Scruggs followed with an RBI single to right field with David Lemley hit in run.
Ben Herstine smoked a ball in the fourth for his sixth homer of the year and Scruggs put a ball near the softball field to give La Roche a 5-0 lead after five innings.
Pitt-Bradford had runners reach scoring position in each of the final three frames, but they manufactured just one run as the Redhawks picked up the win.
Sauer improved to 5-0 after tossing his second complete game of the season. He gave up just one run and five hits while striking out five. He also threw 74% of his pitches for strikes.
Most of the Redhawks' offensive production came from the 4, 5, and 6 hitters. Scruggs went 2 for 2 with a home run and an RBI single. Herstine hit in two and scored twice while Lemley had an RBI and scored.
Game 2: Starting pitcher Tanner Wilt was dominate in the second game shutting down Pitt-Bradford to earn the 14-2 Game 2 win. Wilt allowed an earned run in the sixth which was the first he had given up in thiry-two straight innings. Herstine provided the early scoring with his second home run of the day in the second inning. Lemley and Shane Roebuck followed Herstine with singles and a Tyler Craig hit scored Lemley to give La Roche a 2-0 lead.
The Redhawks scored three more runs in the third to break it open. Corey Lazor led off the inning with a triple and scored on a Luis Navedo single to left. Scruggs reached base in the next at bat and Ian Velez hit in both Navedo and Scruggs.
Roebuck and Lemley each had two-run homers in the seventh and eighth innings and Roebuck added an RBI triple. Ryan Letzelter threw the ninth inning as the Redhawks earned the 14-2 win.
Wilt struck out a career-high 15 batters to earn the win.