April 10, 2016
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette suffered a pair of defeats to high-flying Navy in its return to Patriot League play on Sunday afternoon.
The Mids (24-8-1, 4-2 PL), who have won five in a row and 7-of-9 games overall, took Game 1 by a 7-0 score and won Game 2 by an 8-4 final. Stephen Born had three hits in each contest to lead Navy offensively.
Campbell Lipe and John Selsor each blasted their first home runs of the season in Game 2 for the Leopards (9-19, 3-3 PL). The two teams will be right back at Kamine Stadium for another doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Lafayette starter David Bednar went the distance for a third-consecutive outing, but was done in by some quality small ball by the Mids.
Of the 11 hits Bednar allowed through the first three innings, nine of them were singles. Navy’s first run came after an error and a pair of seeing-eye singles through the right side in the opening frame.
The majority of the damage occurred in the third, as seven of the first eight batters managed to reach. Five of them crossed the plate before Dan Leckie ended the frame with a double play from the outfield, gunning down Leland Saile trying to score from third. Born had one of the Mids’ two extra base hits in the inning with a two-run double to left center. He finished 3-for-4 overall with a pair of doubles and four RBIs.
The Leopards had their best chance to score in the bottom of the third. With two outs and no one on, the inning was extended after Michael Coniglio reached on a fielding error by his counterpart in center field. A single by Jackson Kramer and a walk to Steven Cohen then loaded the bases, but starter Luke Gillingham ended the threat with one of his five strikeouts in the contest.
Gillingham, the unanimous Patriot League Pitcher of the Year last spring, gave up four hits and one walk in a complete game shutout to improve his season record to 5-2. Bednar, meanwhile, falls to 3-2 on the year.
Navy registered its seventh shutout of the season, moving into a tie for first in all of Division I in that category.
The Mids scored three runs in the opening inning before making their first out. Adrian Chinnery plated two with a double, and Born followed with an RBI single. Facing a bases loaded situation with no one out, starter Mitch Leeds retired the next three in order to limit the damage.
Navy added three more runs in the third, however, with all three charged to Leeds before he gave way to Connor Jones. The Mids tacked on a seventh run on an RBI single from Connor Deneen in the fourth. Despite that run, Jones had a solid outing in relief, giving up one run on four hits over three innings of work.
Leckie became Lafayette’s first baserunner in the fourth inning with a single to center field, and the Leopards began to get to starter George Coughlin in the fifth. Lipe led off that frame with a long ball to left, and Coughlin was chased from the game in the sixth after giving up back-to-back doubles to Coniglio and Leckie with nobody out. Lafayette picked up another run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Lipe.
Lafayette, though, could never get closer than four runs the rest of the way. Selsor’s home run came with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Coughlin improved to 3-2 on the season, while Jett Meenach registered his second save after pitching four innings in relief. Leeds fell to 1-2 this spring.
Lafayette, which had at least one stolen base in 19 of the first 26 games this season, did not manage a steal in either contest this afternoon.