April 5, 2014
Army 4, Lafayette 2
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Alex Jensen, Mark McCants and Patrick Mescher hit home runs to help Army sweep a doubleheader from Lafayette with a 4-2 victory, Saturday in a Patriot League contest at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.
Army hit two home runs in the opener, a 2-1 win, and then hit three more to secure its third straight victory.
Jensen and McCants hit solo home runs and Mescher a two-run blast as Army improved to 18-9 overall and 3-2 in Patriot League games.
"Our kind of team is big, timely hits," said Army interim head coach Matt Reid. "We want to get guys in scoring position and have big hits. Home runs are big hits. Guys squared the ball up today. We will take all of the bases on those."
Alex Robinett picked up the win, his third of the season. Robinett threw seven innings with 10 strikeouts, one away from trying his career-best. He scattered seven hits and allowed a pair of earned runs, along with two walks. Robinett struck out the side in the first inning and picked up a key strikeout in the second with the bases loaded.
"Alex was a bulldog," said Reid. "He got into some trouble but he came back and worked out of it. He seems to get stronger as the game goes on. Our pitching kept us in both games today."
Julian Larimer pitched the eighth and struck out two of the three hitters he faced. Johnny Griffith earned the save with a perfect ninth. It marked his second of the season.
Jensen, who homered in the opening game, followed with another solo blast in the second. His deep drive stayed fair down the left field line for a 1-0 Army advantage in the second inning.
Lafayette tied the game in the fourth inning. Tim Lazor led off the inning with his second double of the game and went to third on a single. Parker Hills hit a sacrifice fly and Lazor just beat the throw from right field to make it a 1-1 contest.
McCants put Army back on top in the bottom of the sixth inning with his solo drive, his first of the season, that gave Army a 2-1 advantage.
The Leopards again answered to tie the game when Andrew Landolfi hit a home run with no one on in the seventh inning to make it a 2-2 contest.
Mescher then blasted his team-leading third home run of the season. Brock Davidson reached on an error with one out before Mescher cleared the fence in left-center field to put Army on top, 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
Army and Lafayette will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Johnson Stadium. Knight Vision will provide audio and video coverage through its subscription based package on www.goARMYsports.com.