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Baseball Strikes Twice Late to Down Crusaders

March 29, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lafayette 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 5 0
Holy Cross 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 1

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Ortolf - W (2-3) 7.0 3 2 2 4 6
 White - L (0-2) 0.2 2 0 0 0 0
 Batting AB R
 Lazor 3 1 1 1 0 1
 Perry 2 0 1 1 0 0

WORCESTER, Mass. - Two runs in the top of the seventh inning propelled the Lafayette baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Holy Cross in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Fitton Field. Connor Ortolf tossed seven frames in the complete-game win.

Facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the final inning, Lafayette (7-10, 1-0 Patriot) capitalized on a pair of Holy Cross (6-14, 0-1 Patriot) errors and scored twice to take the lead for good. A one-out single to left field by Alex Woinski put the tying run on base, before Matt Lawrence reached on the miscue. A call to the bullpen for Jon Escobar with two on and one away was initially successful as Alex Nickles flied out for the second putout of the seventh. Down to the final out, Rob Caliento ripped a single to center field that scored pinch runner Brett Thompson from second base and knotted the score at 2-2. The second mistake of the inning on a ball put in play by Eric Anderson allowed Lawrence to score the eventual winning run.

Ortolf closed the deal with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning to polish off his second complete-game of the year. Ortolf gave up two runs on three hits and fanned six, while walking four to improve to 2-3 in 2014.  

Each team was only able to muster up one hit through the first three innings as a pitchers' duel was shaping up between Lafayette's Ortolf and Holy Cross' Ben White. After Jackson Kramer's one-out first inning single, White retired 10 consecutive Lafayette batters, including 1-2-3 second and third frames.

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, White worked the count in his favor before Tim Lazor deposited a solo home run over the wall in left field to put Lafayette ahead 1-0.

The lead was short-lived for Lafayette, however, as Holy Cross quickly tied the game in the home half of the fourth. Back-to-back infield hits by Anthony Critelli and Connor Perry (bunt) put the first two runners on base, before a sacrifice advanced the runners. A fly ball to left field off the bat of Andrew Barry permitted Critelli to tag and score from third, leveling the score at 1-1.

White held Lafayette without a run in the fifth and sixth innings, and Ortolf's leadoff walk to Jack St. Clair proved crucial for the Crusaders in the bottom of the sixth. After the free pass, St. Clair moved to third on a sac bunt and wild pitch. Perry's sacrifice fly to center field put Holy Cross ahead heading into Lafayette's final at-bat.

Game two of Saturday's doubleheader features a pair of right-handers in Lafayette's Mitch Leeds and Holy Cross' Phil Reese.