Lafayette Baseball Opens 2003 Season With a Sweep at Mount St. Mary's
March 16, 2003
FREDERICK, Md. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette baseball team opened the 2003 season with a doubleheader sweep over Mount St. Mary's on Sunday in Frederick, Md. In game one, Lafayette got a got a two-hit pitching performance from Joe Saporetti and a 3-for-3 performance from Adam Bucci to post a 4-0 win. In game two, the Leopards scored 13 runs over the first three innings to run away to a 17-4 win.
Saporetti pitched all seven innings in the 4-0 shutout. The senior righthander struck out four, walked four and hit six batters, but battled to keep the shutout intact.
Lafayette cranked out all of its offense in the middle innings, scoring two runs in the third and two in the fourth.
No. 9 hitter Russ Giglio led off the third inning with a walk. Rob Fioretti followed with a sacrifice bunt and reached on the play after the Mount St. Mary's starter Brian Santo threw the ball away on the play to first. Giglio, who advanced to third on the sacrifice bunt, scored when Jeff Rodgers connected for an RBI groundout to second. The Leopards then took a 2-0 lead on a Jason Boyd sacrifice fly that scored Fioretti.
Lafayette tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Matt Tambellini and Adam Rosenberg led off the inning with singles. Rosenberg then stole second to put two baserunners in scoring position, setting the stage for Bucci. Bucci connected for his first clutch hit of the afternoon, a single through the left side that gave Lafayette a 4-0 lead.
Saporetti wasn't severely tested until the Mount St. Mary's sixth inning. He hit the first batter, but bailed himself out with a groundball double play. Saporetti hit the next three batters in the inning, as he struggled with his control. He got the final out of the inning when he enticed Blake Smith into a fielder's choice that rolled to Boyd at third base and killed the rally.
Bucci finished the game with a 3-for-3, two RBI effort. Jeff Rodgers, Boyd and Rosenberg accounted for the Leopards' other three hits in the game.
Santo was dealt his second loss of the season, despite giving up just two earned runs on six hits over seven innings of work for Mount St. Mary's
In the nightcap, it was the Lafayette offense's turn, as the Leopards' cranked out 13 runs in the first three innings, providing plenty of support for Lafayette starter Marcus Ward.
In the first inning with the bases loaded, Craig Alexander drove a shot deep to left that went about 380 feet, but did not clear the fence. His blast did, however, clear the bases. Eric Vacca plated Lafayette's fourth run with a single to right to score Alexander.
Rosenberg connected for a two-run triple and Tambellini doubled in two more runs as Lafayette added five runs to lead 9-0 after the second inning. In the third inning, all of the offense came from Bucci's bat when he connected for a two-out grand slam that gave Lafayette a 13-0 lead.
Mount St. Mary's managed to get two runs off Ward in the fifth inning. Burt Stormes double in a run and another scored on an error to make it. 15-2.
The Leopards plated its final run in the top of seventh when Tambellini scored from third on a double play ball.
Ward threw five innings to get the win. He struck out six and walked two. Don Smith and Brandon Ripley each pitched an inning of relief and combined to surrender one hit. Ryan Collins, completed just one full inning for the Mount and gave up nine earned runs in the loss.
Lafayette (2-0) is in the midst of its spring break and will be heading to Charleston, S.C. to play six games. The Leopards open the swing with a night game at The Citadel on Monday at 6 p.m.
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