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Rally Comes Up Short in North Florida Opener

March 15, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Lafayette 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 13 2
 North Florida 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 x 7 16 1

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Organ - W 5.0 9 3 1 1 2
 Farina - L (0-3) 6.0 12 5 4 1 3
 Batting AB R
 Casey 5 0 4 1 0 0
 Brooks 4 1 3 1 0 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lafayette’s ninth inning rally was squashed after the Leopards brought two runs home in a 7-5 defeat to North Florida on Friday evening at Harmon Stadium. The offense pounded out 13 hits, including three in the final frame, but David Trexler struck out the final two Lafayette hitters to secure the victory for the Ospreys.

Trailing 7-3 at the start of the ninth inning, Andrew Santomauro (2-for-4) and Andrew Ruck (2-for-4) each singled to put two men on to open the inning. Each moved up a base after a wild pitch to Andrew Landolfi (1-for-3) before Landolfi’s groundout to third allowed Santomauro to score from third to cut the deficit to three. Kevin Casey (4-for-5) then sent Trexler’s 3-2 offering into center field, chasing home Ruck before Trexler clamped down and retired Thomas Dunleavy and Tyler Hudson with back-to-back strikeouts.

Trexler finished his four innings of relief with three punchouts and allowed just two runs on four hits, while walking none to earn the save. North Florida’s starter Tommy Organ threw the first five frames, and gave up three runs, one earned, and surrendered nine hits to take the win.

Right-hander Alex Farina took the ball in the series opener and kept the Leopards in contention, tossing six innings, while giving up five runs (four earned) on 12 hits. Farina was ultimately charged with the loss, after North Florida put two on the board in the third, two more in the fourth and added another in the fifth inning.

Lafayette took an early lead in the game on a sacrifice fly by Scott Kelleher and an RBI double by Parker Hills, who drove in two runs with a solo homer later in the fourth inning. Hills’ home run came after North Florida tied the game with a pair of runs in the home half of the third.

Down 3-2 at the end of three, Corey Bass put North Florida on top for good with a two-run dinger prior to the Ospreys adding single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.

The series resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. when the Leopards and Ospreys square off in game two of the three-game set from Harmon Stadium.