WASHINGTON, PA – #11 La Roche is back in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship game after putting together an offensive clinic in their 13-0 victory over Wooster in the regional semifinal. The Redhawks played in the tournament's final game last season before falling to eventual NCAA Final Four team Frostburg State.
The La Roche offense found its groove early with two runs in the top of the first inning. Colin Williamson fought off a 0-2 count to knock a leadoff triple into the left field corner and scored on a Corey Lazor groundout. Two batters later David Lemley chopped a single through the left side for a 2-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Nick Tunstall walked the first two batters in the bottom of the first but got Wooster to line into a double play and a 5-3 groundout to end the inning.
La Roche led off the fourth with a triple to the wall but this time it was Ben Herstine legging out the three bagger. Lemley found the right field gap in the next at bat scoring Herstine and then advanced home on an Ian Velez sac fly.
Tunstall followed a rocky first inning by cruising through the next four. He faced the minimum in second, fourth and fifth innings and allowed just one hit through five. He gave up just his second hit of the game in the sixth but a 4U-3 GDP and a groundout to short kept the shutout intact.
Williamson drew a walk to start the seventh and got a great jump to swipe second base. Lazor followed with the Redhawks' third triple of the game and then scored on a Herstine double to left. Lemley put the game out of reach in the next at bat with a three-run home run into the Wooster bullpen. La Roche added two more in the inning to enter the stretch with an 11-0 lead.
Lemley came to the plate in the eighth needing a triple for the cycle but instead decided to go yard for his second home run of the game. A Tyler Craig RBI put La Roche up 13-0 in the top of the ninth and Nick Tunstall shut the door to end it.
Tunstall was electric in the win. He threw his first career complete game and scattered just three hits while fanning seven.
Lemley went 4 for 5 with 2 HR, a double, 6 RBIs and 3 runs. His two home runs were his 10th and 11th of the season tying Corey Podvasnik for the single season home run record. His six RBIs also make him the third player in school history (joining Herstine and Lazor) to record 50 RBIs in a season.