Bats Heat Up in Baseball's 14-2 Win at Mount St. Mary's
March 20, 2005
EMMITSBURG, Md. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette scored in all but two of nine innings, as the Leopards rolled to a 14-2 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Sunday in non-conference baseball action. James Conrad and Ian Law each drove in three runs and combined to contribute five of the Leopards' 17 hits. The win gave Lafayette the weekend series victory.
Lafayette (7-7) led 4-1 after the first three innings. Conrad set the table for the offense in the top of the first, reaching on a single and then scoring on a Law double. In the second inning, Lafayette added two runs to its lead as Conrad drove in a run on a groundout. Law knocked in his second run in as many innings with a single to center that gave Lafayette a 3-0 lead.
Mount St. Mary's (4-7) cut into the lead by scoring a run on two singles and a wild pitch in the bottom of the second. But, after a one-hour rain delay in the top of the third inning, the Leopards took that run back. Conrad drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk that put Lafayette ahead 4-1.
Lafayette cracked the game wide open with three runs in the visitor fifth. Freshman Tom Hayes went big fly with one out in the inning, his first collegiate home run. Conrad and Law were at it again later in the inning, as Conrad plated Zeronda (double) with a single and Law doubled him home to give the Maroon and White a 7-1 margin.
Leopards' starter Tom Phelan faced the first batter of the fifth inning, but surrendered a double before being lifted for Ted Gjeldum. Gjeldum enticed the Mountaineers into a strikeout and pair of groundouts to end the inning. Phelan took the no-decision, falling short of the requisite five innings for the victory. He allowed one run on five hits over four innings. Gjeldum (2-1) threw the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and earned the victory. He gave up just two hits and did not surrender a run.
After adding a run on an error and a wild pitch in the seventh, Lafayette destroyed any Mount. St. Mary's hopes of a comeback with four runs in the eighth inning. Dave Drechsel came through with the big blow of the rally, a two-run triple, the second of his career. Hayes (sac fly) and Clint Losch (single) also brought home runs and put the final at 14-2.
Steve Stone (0-2) took the loss for Mount St. Mary's, giving up four runs on five hits in two innings. Freshman Doug Lunau (one-run eighth) and Jason Morytko (scoreless ninth) each threw an inning in the Leopards' victory.
Lafayette will have one day off from game action before traveling to Philadelphia to face Penn on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.