Casey Drives Home Five in 12-5 Win at VMI
Feb. 25, 2012
LEXINGTON, Va. - Kevin Casey hit a grand slam and was one of three Leopards with three hits as the Lafayette baseball team outslugged host VMI, 12-5, on Saturday afternoon. Ethan Perro pitched five innings to earn the win.
The Leopards bounce back from yesterday's season-opening loss to improve to 1-1. The Keydets fall to 1-4.
Casey went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk and three runs scored. Andrew Santomauro batted 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot with a triple, a stolen base and three runs scored. Andrew Rock matched Santomauro's 3-for-5 showing with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.
Parker Hills, making his first collegiate appearance behind the plate, smacked a two-run double and Bobby Fargnoli also drove in a pair of runs. Brian Davila and Brad Hopek each added an RBI. All nine Leopards who started the game reached base safely via hit or walk as Lafayette totaled 13 base-hits on the day.
Perro (1-0) worked the first five innings, scattering six hits and two earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked two in an 86-pitch performance. Sean McGrath pitched 2.2 innings, striking out six batters and walking six. The senior southpaw allowed three earned runs and did not surrender a hit. Ben Meer recorded the final four outs, striking out a batter and walking a batter.
Drew Bryan led the VMI offense with two of the Keydets' seven hits, while Jordan Tarsovich knocked home two runs. Campbell Henkel (0-1) took the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in the first three innings of the game.
The Leopards jumped into the lead in the top of the first frame, as Santomauro led off with a triple. After a hard-hit out on a liner by Davila, Casey's sharply-hit single to third base plated the sophomore centerfield with the game's first run. Casey moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and then took third on another off-target toss. Fargnoli cashed in on the RBI opportunity with a groundout to shortstop to bring Casey home.
The 2-0 lead was short-lived as VMI plated two in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout with Holder and a two-out single off the bat of Dickinson.
After a scoreless second inning, Santomauro got the wheels turning again in the top of the third with a single through the left side and promptly stole second base. After Casey walked, Fargnoli delivered with a base-hit to drive Santomauro home. After Casey took third on a wild pitch, Hopek delivered with a situational hit - an RBI groundout to second base that gave the Leopards a 4-2 edge.
The score remained the same until the top of the sixth. Scott Kelleher worked a one-out walk and Alex Osuchowski singled up the middle. A double by Ruck knocked home Kelleher and a two-bagger by Hills cleared the bases and extended the Lafayette cushion to 7-2.
McGrath fired a perfect bottom of the sixth inning and worked around two walks in the seventh to preserve the advantage, and the Leopards put the game away in the top of the eighth. Ruck reached on a bunt single with one out to start the offense and Hills drew a four-pitch walk. Santomauro then ripped an infield hit that loaded the bags, and Davila slapped a single into right field to bring Ruck home. The next batter was Casey, who deposited a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right field for a grand slam that spotted Lafayette a comfortable 12-2 advantage.
A bases-loaded walk and a two-run single in the bottom of the inning brought the Keydets back to within seven at 12-5, but Meer closed the door in the ninth to cap the Leopards first win of the spring.
Lafayette and VMI will conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch from Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington is set for 2 p.m. Sophomore southpaw Connor Ortolf will be on the bump for the Leopards in the rubber match, and the Keydets will send right-hander Jeremy Brown to the hill.