PITTSBURGH, PA -- David Lemley shot a ball through the left side of the infield to walk off against W&J and secure a sweep. #17 La Roche beat #19 Washington & Jefferson 6-3, 5-4 in a battle of nationally ranked teams.
Game 1: Starting pitcher Garren Telesz stranded a runner at second in the top of the first and the Redhawks took advantage in the bottom of the inning.
Jon Spina legged out a double and two batters later Luis Navedo hit a blast over the left field wall. It was Navedo's third of the year and seventeenth of his career.
W&J homered to cut the deficit in the top of the second. They then added two more runs after a single and a pair of errors. Shane Roebuck was about five feet from taking back the lead in the bottom of the inning. The President's center fielder tracked the ball down right before backing into the wall.
Corey Lazor made the catch of the year in the third. La Roche took back the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Spina tripled to right center and scored on a Lazor triple to the same spot. Lazor advance home on a Navedo sac fly to right.
Yard tripled to the left field gap in the fourth to plate Ian Velez and a 5-3 lead. Spina hit a two out single to left to score Yard.
Game 2: Game 2 starter Tanner Stanz had no trouble in the first retiring the Presidents in order. Spina provided the scoring in the bottom of the first. He doubled, advanced to third on a Lazor groundout and then scored on an overthrow by the catcher.
Stanz used an inning ending flyout to Spina to leave a runner on third base in the second. The Redhawks however could not take advantage as a pop out into foul territory stranded runners at the corners.
W&J tied it on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Velez led off the bottom of the inning with a double and then advanced to third on a flyout to right. Roebuck drew a walk after being behind in the count 1-2. Trickett bunted his way on to load the bases and all runners moved up on a balk. A Spina sac fly made it 3-1.
The Presidents were threatening with men on the corners and just one out. Stanz got out of the jam getting a pop out to first and then Lazor made a terrific running grab.
La Roche extended their lead to 4-1 with a Lemley double and Velez run scoring single in the fifth.
W&J scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie it up. The Redhawks left runners stranded in the sixth and seventh innings which set up Lemley's heroics in the eighth.
Lazor led off the inning with a double and then Navedo was intentionally walked to setup force plays at second and third. Lemley came through with the game winning RBI single.
Chris Hanlon earned the win in relief.