EASTON, PA. – The Army West Point baseball team scored in six different innings en route to claiming a 15-6 victory over Lafayette on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
After splitting Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader with the Leopards (12-26, 7-7 PL), the Black Knights (17-17, 10-4 PL) collected their third-straight weekend series win.
Additionally, the team leveled its winning percentage out to .500 on the year while maintaining its spot at the top of the Patriot League standings.
The offensive effort for the Cadets was team-wide, as nine different players finished with a hit. Hunter Meade highlighted the bats with a 2-for-4 day that saw him rack up a game-high five RBI. The centerfielder was one of five Black Knights with a multi-hit day.
On the mound, Army threw four different arms to limit the Leopards to their five-run total. Starter Brian Dawson, who pitched 4.0 innings of three-hit ball, was eventually credited with the win moving him to 3-0 on the year. Sean Dennehy, who closed things out, also emerged from the game unscathed while both relievers Trevor Finan and Teddy Lepcio were tagged with at least one unearned run.
Army struck early and often in the series finale and had already racked up a 9-0 lead by the middle of the fourth inning. Braden Golinski provided a spark to the early scoring spree, recording three combined RBI on a double and a sac fly. The team also took advantage of errors in the first half of the game, as Lafayette committed four different miscues.
Following a scoreless fifth, which marked the first zero of the day for the Black Knights, Meade got the team back on the board in the top of the sixth with a single that drove in Ross Friedrick. Carter Macias then chipped in an RBI single before Kevin Dubrule capped off the scoring with a double that plated both Macias and Meade, pushing the lead to 13-0.
Though it took the home team’s bats a while to get going, the Leopards eventually joined in on the scoring in the bottom of the sixth and put up a three-spot, using a double and a single to trim the lead down. Both sides went on to trade a pair of runs in the seventh, as Meade’s single drove in Coleson Titus and Nick Manesis before Lafayette answered with a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk.
Lafayette added one final run in the bottom of the ninth when a Cadet error facilitated an unearned run, but it was inconsequential as Army held out for its decisive triumph.