Rutgers Tops Baseball in Richmond
March 15, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - Errors haunted the Lafayette baseball team and led to five unearned runs for Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights defeated the Leopards 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at The Diamond. Parker Hills registered two hits in the loss.
Shortstop Andrew Landolfi legged out a double to start the game as Lafayette immediately had a runner in scoring position against RU starter Gaby Rosa. A popup and fly out moved Landolfi up to third with two outs, and Hills extended his hitting streak to eight games with a run-scoring single to right. The Maroon and White held a 1-0 lead going into the home half of the first.
Right-hander Mitch Leeds retired the first six Scarlet Knights he faced prior to issuing a leadoff walk to Tom Marcinczyk in the bottom of the third. A groundout allowed Marcinczyk to move to second and Leeds got Pat Sweeney to strike out swinging for the second out of the inning. Mike Carter came to the plate and reached on an infield single, but a throwing error let him take second as Rutgers tied the game with an unearned run.
Lafayette (5-6) threatened in the fifth inning when it had runners at first and third with one down following infield singles by Brett Thompson and Tyler Hudson. Rosa escaped the jam when Andrew Santomauro popped up to second and Hills was retired on a fly ball to right field.
With the score deadlocked in the bottom of the fifth, Rutgers (7-8) took advantage of another Lafayette miscue and plated two unearned runs to secure the lead. The Scarlet Knights had two men on with one out and loaded the bases when Sweeney reached on an error. Carter's sacrifice fly scored RU's second run and Nick Favatella singled up the middle to make it 3-1. Leeds punched out Brian O'Grady to end the inning.
Rosa settled in and retired six straight, including striking out the side in the sixth, as Rutgers padded its cushion with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Rosa was finished after firing seven complete innings in which he gave up one run on five hits and fanned five to collect the win.
For Lafayette, Leeds was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs, none earned, in 5.1 innings. Leeds struck out five and walked two before sophomore Ari Kaufman came out of the bullpen. The southpaw fired 1.2 frames and let up an unearned run before classmate Ryan Callanan twirled a scoreless eighth.
Lafayette continues its doubleheader against Buffalo at 2:45 p.m. Freshman righty David Bednar is scheduled to pitch against UB's right-hander Mike Burke.
Hills has reached base safely in 10 consecutive contests.