Leopard Baseball Loses First Game of the Season, 7-0, at The Citadel
March 18, 2003
CHARLESTON, S.C. (www.lafayette.edu) -- - The Citadel scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hand the Lafayette baseball team its first loss of the season, 7-0, on Tuesday night at Riley Park.
Senior James Duer started the game for Lafayette and pitched three solid innings of one- hit baseball. He struck out two batters and walked just one before being lifted after the third inning when he reached his early-season pitch count.
The Citadel (10-8) had a solid scoring opportunity in the fifth against Lafayette freshman reliever Tom Phelan who was making his first collegiate appearance. The Bulldogs loaded the bases after a single by Trent Weathers and back-to-back walks. The next batter slapped a ball to first, but first baseman Matt Tambellini cut down Weathers at home. Tambellini then made a spectacular stop on a ground ball to his right to end the inning.
The home squad broke out for a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. Weathers and Brook Dantzler each connected for two-run doubles off Lafayette reliever Drew Moyer who came in for Phelan with one out and runners on first and third. Weathers belted a ball deep over the right fielder's head that bounced off the wall and made it 2-0. Dantzler followed with another one-out double that gave the Citadel a 4-0 lead.
The Leopards got some offense going in the top of the seventh after Citadel starter Mark Egelton left the game. Tambellini and Adam Rosenberg hit back-to-back singles, leaving runners on first and second with no outs. With Adam Bucci at the plate, head coach Joe Kinney got the runners going on a hit and run. Bucci swung through the ball and Tambellini was cut down at third, leaving Rosenberg at second. A pitch later, Bucci singled through the right side to put runners on first and third with one out. The next batter up, Eric Vacca, hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, The Citadel added three insurance runs off Lafayette reliever Paul Fischetti. Dantzler and Josh Stackley each had RBI-singles that helped put the final at 7-0.
Egelton threw six innings for the Citadel, striking out eight in the win. Phelan took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in two and a third innings.
Tambellini accounted for two of the Leopards' five hits on the day, finishing the game with a 2-for-3 effort.
The Leopards (2-1) return to action on Thursday when they travel to face the College of Charleston for a 6 p.m. game. The game is the first of a four-game series with the Cougars at Patriots Point.