Series-Opening Loss for Leopards
March 17, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A seven-run eighth inning by UNC-Greensboro ended up being the difference in a 15-8 Lafayette loss Tuesday night in Greensboro. The game was tied at eight-all heading into the bottom of the eighth when the home team Spartans erupted for seven runs and went on to the 15-8 victory.
The Leopards (7-5) scored their eight runs on only eight hits, led by Matt Hall's two. Starter Ryan Hanna pitched six innings of four-run ball, but four Lafayette relievers combined to give up 11 runs with freshman Ian Dickson earning the loss.
UNC-Greensboro (3-9) scored three of its four runs off Hanna in the first inning on two RBI singles.
The score remained 3-0 until the Leopard offense pounded Spartans starter Alex Shelton for eight runs in the top of the third inning. Lafayette put its first two batters--A.J. Pisarri and A.J. Miller--on base and both scored on Rob Froio's RBI double. A fielder's choice plated the third run and Ian McCutcheon knocked another RBI double to center field to make it 4-3. Hall sent home another runner with a single through the right side.
Pisarri came through with the big hit in the inning by tripling down the right field line with the bases loaded to send all three runners home and give his team the 8-3 edge.
Both teams' pitchers settled down and the score remained 8-3 until UNC-Greensboro scored a solo run in the sixth inning and followed that with four runs in the seventh and seven in the eighth. Lafayette was retired in order in the ninth to end the game.
The Leopards play another 6 p.m. game against the Spartans tomorrow night. They will then play a 6 p.m. game at Liberty on Thursday before opening a three-game series against Longwood on Friday.
- The Leopards and Spartans were facing each other for first time in team histories.
- Daniel Bierce has 147 career hits, good for 20th all-time, and needs one more to tie Kevin Leasure '07 for 19th.
- Jeff Butler and Matt Hall both extended their hitting streaks to seven games.