Leopards Open Spring Break Swing With 13-7 Setback at Davidson
March 10, 2007
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Davidson broke open a back-and-forth affair with four runs in the seventh to pull away to a 13-7 win over Lafayette on Saturday in non-conference baseball action at Wilson Field. The game was the first of eight road contests for the Leopards on their Spring Break trip to the Carolinas.
The Leopards continued to hit the ball well in the opening innings, scoring a run in the first and second. Lafayette manufactured its run in the opening at-bat. James Conrad led off with a single and stole second. Consecutive groundouts from Chris Luick and Tom Hayes scored Conrad to give the Leopards the early advantage.
Lafayette added another run in the second inning when Dave Drechsel launched a pitch over the leftfield fence for his first collegiate home run.
Davidson (10-3) erased the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. J.P. Craven banged a bases-loaded double to score two runs, and Lafayette starter Ted Gjeldum walked in another to give Davidson a 3-2 lead.
Lafayette (3-3) tied the game 3-3 with a run in the top of the fourth, scoring on a two-out bunt which Mike Raible pushed past the pitcher on the left side of the infield to score Hayes.
In the bottom of the inning, the host Wildcats put up two more runs, aided by a pair of defensive miscues by the Leopards.
Lafayette re-tied the game in the fifth inning with a two-out rally. Daniel Bierce singled, stole second and scored when Conrad singled up the middle. The Leopards took advantage of Conrad's speed when he scored from first on a Luick double over the centerfielder's head.
The back-and-forth game continued in the bottom half of the fifth. Zach Kayne's singled in a run to give Davidson a 6-5 lead.
Gjeldum exited the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Morytko came on in relief with runners on the corners. Blake Osborn pulled a 1-2 offering down the leftfield line and plated a run with a double. Morytko got the final two outs of the inning. Gjeldum gave up seven runs on 11 hits over 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out three in a no-decision.
Lafayette tied up the game in the top of the seventh. Tyler Zeronda reached on a lead-off walk. Bierce's high chopper to third base allowed him to reach safely. On the play, Zeronda was rounding second and saw that third base was left empty by the fielder charging the ball. With Zeronda racing the third baseman to the bag, the first baseman threw the ball away. The throwing error allowed Zeronda to score and Bierce to move all the way to third. The next batter, Conrad, drove a ball to center to score Bierce on a sac fly which tied the game 7-7.
Davidson took control of the game four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Rob Wilson, who was the Wildcats' starting pitcher before moving to DH at the start of the seventh, blasted a three-run home run over the 385' mark in centerfield. Davidson led 11-7. The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the eighth to put the final at 13-7.
Morytko was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on three hits. Lafayette used five pitchers on the day with sophomores Brian Mostek and Ryan Hanna and freshman Tyler Chromey each making an appearance. For Davidson, Bobby DeMuro (3-1) got the win, throwing the seventh and eighth. He gave up two runs on one hit.
Lafayette and Davidson will play a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at Wilson Field.
INJURY NEWS: Starting third baseman Jeff Butler was forced to miss Saturday's game after being injured in warm-ups. He took a bad hop on a groundball and the injury to his face required five stitches...Joe Ezekiel, who recently underwent knee surgery, is likely out for the remainder of the season.
WALKS: After walking just one batter in a three-game series at Maryland last weekend, Lafayette walked six batters in the series opener vs. Davidson.
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