Baseball Unable to Overcome Early Deficit
March 21, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette baseball team pounded 14 hits for the second consecutive game, but the offensive eruption was not enough to overcome an early deficit in a 13-9 loss to Wagner on Wednesday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. Freshman James McCool drove in three runs for the Leopards.
With the loss, Lafayette falls to 5-11-1. The visiting Seahawks improve to 7-12.
McCool's three RBI were part of a 3-for-5 day that included a double. Kevin McCarville was also 3-for-5 while Andrew Santomauro ripped two two-baggers in a 3-for-4, two-RBI afternoon. Bobby Fargnoli added two hits and Brad Hopek, Eric Anderson and Thomas Dunleavy each had one. Hopek, Anderson, Fargnoli and McCarville all drove in runs.
John Gentile took the hard-luck loss on the mound. Gentile (0-4) pitched just the first inning and allowed only one run, but the Leopards never pulled even with Wagner as the senior captain remained on the hook for the defeat. Ethan Perro, Toby Schwartz, Joe Leo and Robert Tatum all posted scoreless outings as nine different Lafayette hurlers got the ball in a scheduled "staff day".
Starter Nick Pavia earned the win for the Seahawks, surrendering three earned runs on six hits in five innings of action. Pavia (1-1) struck out three batters and did not issue a walk.
A seven-run third inning led the visitors to a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth frame, when the Leopards finally broke through against Pavia. Brad Hopek led off with a double and took third when the centerfielder had trouble handling the hard-hit ball. He trotted home on Fargnoli's two-out single to put Lafayette on the board.
After Perro fired a perfect fifth, Dunleavy reached on an error to start the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back singles by McCool and McCarville loaded the bases, and Santomauro just missed a grand slam with his two-run double down the left field line. A sacrifice fly by Hopek tacked on another run as the Leopards pulled closer, trailing 10-4.
Schwartz made it seven straight batters retired by Lafayette pitching with a 1-2-3 sixth, and the Leopards posted three more runs in their half of the frame. Brian Davila worked a one-out walk to start the offense and stole second. After Dunleavy walked, McCool ripped a double to left field that plated both runners. McCarville followed with a base-hit to bring McCool around and cut the deficit to 10-7.
Wagner would respond this time, however, with three runs in the top of the seventh. McCool singled home another Lafayette tally in the bottom of the inning, but the Leopards now found themselves trailing, 13-8, with just two stanzas remaining.
Alex Farina worked a scoreless eighth frame for the Maroon and White, and Lafayette added a run in their at-bat on an Anderson single that scored Santomauro - who led off the frame with a double. Neither squad would score again, however, as Wagner held on for a 13-9 victory.
The Leopards are back in action this weekend for a four-game set with Penn. The series begins on Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader in Philadelphia and wraps up with a noon twinbill at Kamine Stadium on Sunday.