PITTSBURGH, PA – #18 La Roche picked up two important wins when they welcomed #17 Frostburg State and Otterbein to campus on Saturday. The Redhawks defeated Frostburg State 6-5 in the early game before downing the region's seventh ranked team Otterbein Cardinals 2-1 in the late game.
Game 1: La Roche held on to defeat Frostburg State 6-5 and earn their second top 25 victory of the season.
The Redhawks went up against 2015 All-American Greg Schneider but Redhawks' starter Regis Sauer outdueled him. Sauer allowed just one hit over the first five innings and a Colin Williamson first inning score kept La Roche ahead after five innings of baseball.
In the top of the sixth, Frostburg State scored a pair of runs on two errors to go up 2-1. Luis Navedo did not allow the Bobcats to enjoy the lead for long because he belted his ninth home run of the season to tie it in the bottom of the sixth.
Sauer stranded a pair on base in the top of the eighth and La Roche hit through the order in the bottom of the inning for a 6-2 lead. Williamson hit a leadoff triple and Corey Lazor broke the tie with his seventh blast deep over the left field wall. Later in the inning, David Lemley tripled home Navedo and Valez had a bunt single to score Lemley.
Frostburg State gave La Roche a scare with three runs in the ninth but the Redhawks held on for their 31st win of the year.
Lazor went 2 for 4 with a home run, 2 RBIs and scored a run. Navedo homered and scored twice while Lemley had an RBI triple.
Sauer did not allow an earned run in seven innings and Brady Hamer threw two innings to register the win.
Game 2: Wilt continued his run of quality starts defeating Otterbein 2-1 in nine innings.
Tanner Wilt got out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the second when he got Otterbein's Mitch Stotler to roll into a 4-6-3 double play. La Roche grabbed the first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. Lemley went from first to third on a Joe Professori hit through the right side and then scored on an Ian Velez suicide squeeze.
La Roche got out of a jam again in the fourth when Otterbein's Jake Simmerman tried to take home on a passed ball. Redhawks' backstop Shane Roebuck located the ball instantly and found Wilt who applied the tag to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Redhawks went up 2-0 in the fifth on a Shane Roebuck double into the left field gap. Otterbein got one back on a solo shot in the sixth but Ethan Lewis shut them down over the final two innings and La Roche held on.
Velez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run. Roebuck and Lemley combined for the other run.