Baseball Falls to La Salle in Liberty Bell Classic
March 27, 2012
The Lafayette baseball team fell to visiting La Salle, 11-2, on Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the 2012 Liberty Bell Classic. Eric Anderson and Andrew Santomauro drove in the Leopards' runs.
With the loss, Lafayette falls to 6-14-1. The Explorers improve to 14-10.
Alex Farina started on the mound for Lafayette and took the loss. Farina (0-2) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings of work. The rookie right-hander struck out two batters and hit two. Ethan Perro, Chris Boyce, Jack Rems, Robert Tatum and Cory Spera - making his collegiate debut - rounded out the pitchers who toed the rubber for the Leopards.
The win went to La Salle starter Ryan Donahue. Donahue (1-0) allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks in 3.2 frames. The southpaw struck out seven batters and hit two.
After La Salle posted two runs in the top of the third inning, the Leopards got on the board in the bottom of the fourth stanza. Davila started the two-out rally with an infield hit and moved into scoring position on a Parker Hills walk. Santomauro drove the shortstop home with a single to centerfield to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Explorers extended their lead with two runs in both the sixth and seventh frames before Lafayette struck again. Santomauro led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and moved to third base on a Hopek base-hit. At that point, Anderson lifted a fly ball to right field deep enough for Santomauro to easily tag up and score.
However, that run would be the Leopards' last of the afternoon as La Salle tacked on five late tallies to take an 11-2 decision.
Brendan Norton and Marc Schoch each had three hits for the Explorers, while Joe Bennie drove in three runs and hit his fourth home run of the spring.
The Leopards are back in action tomorrow, traveling to Seton Hall to meet the Pirates at 4 p.m. Patriot League play begins this weekend with a four-game series at rival Lehigh.
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