Ruck and Casey Homer in Loss to Davidson
Feb. 23, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson Wildcats pounded out 16 hits and 13 runs in a 13-6 victory over Lafayette on Saturday night at Wilson Field.
Andrew Ruck (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Kevin Casey (1-for-3, RBI) each homered for Lafayette (0-2) in a losing effort, while Davidson’s Nathan Becker and Chris Dyer combined to go 5-for-9 with four RBI and three runs scored from the bottom of the lineup.
Davidson (3-1) starter Ryan Lowe picked up the win after giving up two earned runs and striking out six in five innings of work. For Lafayette, Alex Farina took the loss after being roughed up to the tune of nine hits, six runs (all earned), while walking three and striking out two in four frames. In relief of Farina, Ryan Callanan was charged with four earned in two innings, Ben Meer threw one inning and surrendered two runs, Mark Louis pitched two thirds of an inning and allowed one run and Robert Tatum struck out the only batter he faced.
Leadoff hitter Andrew Santomauro got things started early by working a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by Davidson’s catcher Dyer. Ruck capitalized with an RBI double to left to chase home Santomauro and give the Leopards a 1-0 lead.
The bottom half of the inning against Farina started with a walk and three straight hits, including a two-run triple by Forrest Brandt. Brandt scored on an error to give Davidson a 3-1 lead after one.
Davidson held its lead until the bottom of the fourth inning when it increased its advantage with three more runs. Michael Zeblo led off with a two-base hit, Ty Middlebrooks walked and Becker loaded the bases with a bunt single. Dyer then brought home Zeblo with an infield single, before Farina induced Jack McLindon into a 6-4-3 double-play, which scored Middlebrooks. With two down, Sam Foy singled to shortstop to plate Becker, before Lee Miller lined out with the bases loaded two batters later.
Entering the fifth inning trailing 6-1, Parker Hills laced a one-out double to left center before Santomauro singled him home with two down in the inning to pull Lafayette within four. Davidson wasted no time mounting another rally and added two more runs in the home half of the fifth to push the lead to 8-2.
Hills made his way to the plate in the top of the sixth with two men on and two outs and delivered with another double to clear the bases and bring Lafayette within four (8-4). Davidson responded once again with two more runs on Zeblo’s two-RBI single to reclaim its six-run lead.
Down 10-4 at the start of the seventh, Ruck and Casey launched consecutive home runs to right and left-center field, respectively, off Davidson’s Rob Caudill. The Leopards stayed within striking distance following a shutdown inning by Meer, but failed to score in the eighth before Davidson tacked on three insurance runs to run the final to 13-6.
Lafayette wraps up its opening weekend on Sunday against Davidson. First pitch from Wilson Field is set for Noon.