Yale Outlasts Baseball, 9-3
March 13, 2012
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A six-run eighth inning broke open a pitching duel as the Lafayette baseball team fell to Yale, 9-3, at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla. to open their five-game swing in the Sunshine State. Alex Farina allowed just one earned run in his first career start.
With the loss, the Leopards fall to 4-7-1. The victorious Bulldogs improve to 3-7-1.
Farina (0-1) scattered four singles and three walks in four innings of work. The rookie right-hander surrendered one earned run and struck out one batter. John Gentile fired a perfect inning of relief and Chris Boyce worked two scoreless frames before ceding four earned runs in the eighth. Ben Meer pitched a hitless 1.1 to close out the contest.
Southpaw David Hickey (1-1) earned the win for Yale with 5.1 frames of one-hit relief. Fellow lefty Christopher O'Hare got the start for the Bulldogs but worked just one inning, striking out two batters to escape a bases-loaded jam in the opening stanza.
Four Lafayette errors accounted for all of Yale's baserunners in the top of the first inning as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a base-hit. The Leopards threatened in the first as Andrew Ruck drew a four-pitch walk with one out. Casey followed with a shot to the gap that would have easily scored Ruck, but the ball became lodged in the fence of a ground-rule double that sent him back to third base. Two strikeouts sandwiched around a walk left the bases loaded for the Leopards in the opening frame - the first of three times Lafayette left the bases juiced in the ballgame.
Yale got on the board in the second on a David Toups groundout, and the Leopards answered back in their half of the inning. Brian Davila worked a walk and stole second, and Hills ripped a double past the diving Bulldogs' third baseman to cut the score to 3-1.
The clubs traded zeroes all the way into the eighth inning, when five Yale hits and two more Lafayette fielding miscues gave the Elis a more comfortable 9-1 lead.
After Meer induced a double play to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth, the Leopards rallied in their final turn at-bat. Davila walked to lead off the inning and took second on a James McCool single. A fielder's choice groundout erased McCool but left runners on the corners for Santomauro, who ripped a single up the middle to drive in a run. Rob Caliento kept the rally going with a two-out walk to load the bases, and an Osuchowski base-hit plated another Lafayette run. The Leopards would get no closer, however, as Nate O'Leary completed the inning on the hill for the Elis to lock up a 9-3 decision.
The Leopards return to action tomorrow at 6 p.m. against North Dakota State at Chain O' Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. After a weekend series at South Florida in Tampa, Lafayette returns to College Hill to host Wagner on Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m.