March 22, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The Lafayette baseball team dropped the first two games of its home-and-home series with Penn on Saturday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Quakers took the first game by a final of 3-0, before winning the nightcap 8-3.
Penn starter Connor Cuff threw seven shutout innings to earn the complete-game victory for the Quakers in game one. Cuff scattered six hits, struck out four Lafayette batters and didn't surrender a walk to earn the win. Tyler Hudson and Alex Nickles each registered a pair of hits for Lafayette, while Leopards' left-hander Connor Ortolf was saddled with the loss.
Ortolf gave up three runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings on the hill. He fanned one and walked another and dropped to 1-3 on the year. The Quakers scored a run in the first inning and added unearned runs in the second and fourth to eventually come away with the 3-0 victory.
A three-run second inning in game two put Penn in front for good after Mitch Montaldo led off the inning with a two-bagger. He advanced to third base on an error, before a sac fly by Rick Brebner put Penn up 1-0. Lafayette right-hander Mitch Leeds issued a walk to the next man up, before Gary Tesch launched a two-run homer to left field as Penn led 3-0.
Penn starting pitcher Ronnie Glenn held the Leopards without a base hit until the fourth inning when Campbell Lipe reached safely with a two-out single to center. A passed ball let Lipe move into scoring position before Hudson came through with an RBI single to put Lafayette on the board.
Leading 3-1 heading into the home half of the fourth, Penn increased its cushion with two more runs. Doubles by Brandon Engelhardt and Jeff McGarry made it 4-1 with two away in the frame, before Mike Vilardo's run-scoring single finished Leeds' afternoon. The sophomore allowed seven hits, walked four and punched out four and Lafayette was down 5-1 at that point.
Freshman Trevor Houck finished the inning and tossed scoreless fifth and sixth innings before running into trouble in the seventh. A one-out double by Matt McKinnon preceded Montaldo's left-field home run as Penn stretched the lead to 7-1.
Matt Lawrence's second-career home run, following a walk by Zach Gross in the eighth pulled Lafayette within four, but Pat Bet came on in relief of Glenn and escaped any further damage. Glenn twirled 7.0 innings in the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits. He racked up seven strikeouts and walked one to help the Quakers improve to 4-9 on the season. The loss dropped Lafayette to 5-9.
The series resumes tomorrow afternoon when Lafayette hosts a doubleheader at Kamine Stadium. First pitch in the Leopards' home opener is scheduled for noon.