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NCCU falls to Lafayette in walk-off

Posted May 4

— Leading 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, North Carolina Central University allowed the host Leopards of Lafayette College to blast two home runs in the ninth, including the walk off two-run shot to pull off the series sweep with Sunday’s 7-6 win at Kamine Stadium in Easton, Pa.

The cardiac Eagles nearly pulled it off once again, despite trailing 3-0 after the first two innings.

In the top of the third, a leadoff single by senior shortstop Zack Lee (Wilson, N.C.) later turned into the maroon and gray’s first run off a Leopard throwing error to make it 3-1.

Fast forwarding to the top of the fourth when Kory Wood’s seventh (Spring Lake, N.C.) double of the year knotted the game at 3-3.

A Matt Lawrence solo home run gave Lafayette the 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but NCCU threw its best punch in the top of the eighth to take the lead.

The Eagles scored three runs in the frame to take a 6-4 lead over the Leopards with the help of two errors, a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jared Kehagias (Sanford, N.C.) and a Cory Williamson (Greensboro, N.C.) RBI single.

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, freshman Carlos Ortiz (Cleveland, Ohio) was caught stealing after his one out single, which set the stage for Lafayette in the bottom of the ninth.

LC pinch hitter Austen Maggin led off the inning with a solo home run down the right field line to make it 6-5, followed up by Toby Schwartz’s one out two run walk off home run to seal the series sweep with the 7-6 victory.

Depsite the loss, starter Eric Kimber (Greensboro, N.C.) put together one of his finest outings of the year going 6.0 innings and allowing just two earned runs in the contest, while the Eagle offense mustered up just eight hits on the day, as Lee went 2-for-5 at-the-plate in the tough loss.

NCCU (17-29-1, 12-10 MEAC) will return home for the final contest at the Durham Athletic Park in 2014 with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch against Presbyterian College on Tuesday, May 6, but the Eagles will more than likely have to finish one of the two conference games that were cut short due to weather, stay tuned for more updates.

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Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
4th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 20
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 10
RUTG 21
 
2nd
ARST 17
WEBER 0
 
2nd
VANDY 0
TEMPL 7
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
2nd
SDC 9
ARI 3
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 14
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5