PITTSBURGH, PA – #18 La Roche Baseball earned the outright AMCC Championship and #1 seed in the upcoming AMCC Tournament after sweeping Alfred State 2-1, 5-0 on Senior Day. Jon Spina walked it off in game 1 while Ethan Lewis, Jake Seymour, Jesse Savisky, and Shane Emrich combined for a game 2 shutout.
Cam Smith tossed a scoreless top of the first but the Redhawks left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning.
Alfred State used an error to grab a 1-0 lead midway through the second. Smith left a runner on second in the third and put together a pick-off, strikeout to end the top of the fourth.
Smith sent Alfred State down in order in the fifth and used a 2-3-4-1 caught stealing to keep it at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
The Redhawks walked it off in the bottom of the inning. Dylan Urban got things going with a one out single up the middle. He stole second and advanced to third on an overthrow. Phil Pieto drew a walk and Elmo Trickett, running for Pieto, stole second to eliminate the double play.
Jon Spina came to the plate and lined a shot up the middle for the 2-1 victory and the AMCC Regular Season Title.
Smith improves to 3-0 on the year. He struck out 6 and scattered 3 runs over 7 innings.
Urban stole his twenty-eighth base of the year to crack the AMCC's top 10 single seasons ever.
Ethan Lewis threw two perfect innings to start the late game. The Redhawks backed the senior with a pair of runs in the second inning.
Hoffman drew a walk, stole second, and scored on Urban's infield single. Urban scored three batters later on a Spina groundout.
Alfred State single in the third, but Lewis continued to roll through the batting order. Roebuck caught a Pioneer trying to steal to end the fourth inning.
Lewis tossed a 1-2-3 fifth inning and left a runner at second in the sixth. The Redhawks nearly took a 3-0 lead but a runner was thrown out at home for the third out.
Relief pitcher Jake Seymour threw a scoreless seventh inning. La Roche took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Roebuck reached and advanced to third on a Quahliero double to left-centerfield. Novak followed with a hit to center to score both. Urban registered his second RBI of the game, doubling home Novak.
Savisky tossed a perfect eighth inning. Emrich ended it with a 6-3 double play.
Novak reached base three times, hit in two, and scored. Urban went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run.