MARIETTA, OH – The La Roche baseball team won their seventh straight after earning a 7-4, 11-3 sweep at Marietta College. David Lemley was incredible going 7 for 9 with 8 RBI, a grand slam and two doubles.
The Redhawks jumped ahead with a run in the top of the first. Lazor hit a one-out single in center and advanced to second on a Navedo liner into left. David Lemley came through with a run-scoring single to left but two straight flyouts stranded runners at first and second base.
La Roche left runners at third base in the second, third and fourth innings while Marietta found runs in the first and third innings. Marietta added another on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, but the Redhawks' bats came alive late in the game.
Lemley provided his second RBI of the game in the eighth inning by doubling home Navedo. The Redhawks trailed by a run heading into the ninth inning but the pair of Bethel Park seniors came through in a big way.
Mitchell Yard and Jonathan Spina reached base and Corey Lazor singled home Yard to tie it at 3-3. Marietta then intentionally walked All-American Luis Navedo to load the bases. Lemley made the Etta Express pay by blasting a grand slam over the left-centerfield wall. The home run not only won the game, it propelled Lemley into first on the school's all-time home run list.
Lemley's torrid pace continued into the second game as he provided an RBI single in the top of the first. Marietta tried to answer in the bottom of the inning but starting pitcher Tanner Stanz used a strikeout to get out of a two on, two out jam.
The Pioneers scored twice in the second inning but the Redhawks evened it up in the third. La Roche loaded the bases and Spina sent a ball to centerfield for a sacrifice fly.
Mitchell Yard went yard for the second time in as many days to give La Roche a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth. Lazor added a sacrifice fly three batters later scoring EJ Trickett.
Marietta got one back to make it a 4-3 game in the seventh. Yard answered with an RBI double in the seventh inning to score Joe Professori.
The Redhawks put the game away with four runs in the eighth inning. An error allowed La Roche to take a 6-3 lead and then Shane Roebuck followed with a 3-run blast for a 9-3 lead. Navedo and Lemley provided RBIs in the top of the ninth and La Roche went on to win 11-3.
Lemley went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI, 2 doubles a run and was intentionally walked twice. Stanz earned the win.