La Verne Edges Baseball in Extras

La Verne, Calif. (3/5/17) - Andrew Douglas went 4-for-5 at the plate and hit the walk-off single in the 11th inning to lift the University of La Verne to a 6-5 win over Kean University on Sunday.

Dylan Lowenstein got the rally started with a single up the middle and took second on a wild pitch to set the stage for Douglas. Douglas then drove a 2-2 pitch up the middle and Lowenstein beat the throw home to give the Leopards the win.

Sean Holt (2-1) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Holt took over with runners on first and second with no outs in the 10th and promptly walked his first batter to put himself in a hole. But he then struck out the next two batters and got the final batter to groundout to escape the jam.

Kean (7-3) struck for two runs in the top of the first but an unlucky play could have staked them out to a larger lead. The Cougars scored the first run on a bases-loaded walk.  Steve Santigate then hit a blooper to short center that appeared to have been caught by La Verne center fielder Isaiah Cruz on a slide. But the field umpire signaled late that the ball hit the ground and the Leopards tagged out the runners on first and second to get out of the inning. Matt Krupa, who was on third, came home before the play was complete to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

The Leopards evened the game at 2-2 on a triple by Cruz in the bottom of the third. The Cougars went back up by two in the top of the fifth on an RBI single from Derek Walker and a sac fly from Krupa (pictured left), but La Verne responded immediately in the bottom half of the inning on back-to-back infield singles in the hole by Lowenstein and Douglas.

La Verne took its first lead of the game in the seventh after Jakob Thomas worked a walk with the bases loaded but gave it back right away in the top of the eighth as Brock Podgurski hit a sacrifice fly.

Kean enjoys a day off on Monday and will return to action on Tuesday when they face Chapman University under the lights.