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Massa Leads Lafayette to Game One Win

March 31, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 Lehigh 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 5 8 4
 Lafayette 2 2 0 4 0 2 x 10 11 2

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Massa - W (2-3)  4.1 4 2 2 4 5
 Stephens - L (0-3) 1.2 4 4 4 3 3
 Leeds - S (3) 1.1 1 0 0 0 1
 Batting AB R
 Dunleavy 4 1 3 2 0 0
 Pacchioli 3 1 2 1 0 0

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette used a strong start on the mound by Michael Massa and put up crooked numbers in four of its six times to the plate, as the Leopards defeated Lehigh 10-5 in game one of Sunday's doubleheader.

Thomas Dunleavy registered three of Lafayette's 11 hits as the Leopards improved to 2-1 in Patriot League play and won their second straight game. Lehigh falls to 1-2 in conference action and 12-12 on the season.

Lehigh opened the game with two runs in its first trip to the plate, due in large part to a controversial run-scoring triple by Casey Turner. The Mountain Hawks' left fielder lifted a fly ball down the right field line where Dunleavy dove and got his glove on it, but couldn't haul it in. The home plate umpire ruled the ball fair as Justin Pacchioli waltzed home from third. Two batters later, Tyler Brong's sacrifice fly scored Turner.

The Leopards didn't hesitate to score in their opening at bat against Lehigh righty Nick Stephens. Lafayette scored an early run on Kevin Casey's RBI single and loaded the bases when Campbell Lipe walked with nobody out. A deep sac fly off the bat of Parker Hills tied the score at 2-2, before Stephens worked out of the jam with strikeouts of Dunleavy and James McCool.  

Southpaw Michael Massa faced the minimum in the second inning after walking a hitter, due to a 4-3 double play by Casey at second base. In the bottom half, Brad Hopek immediately gave Lafayette (5-20) the lead with a leadoff triple to right center. Hopek scored on second baseman Mike Garzillo's relay throw to third base that sailed out of play. A case of déjà vu allowed Andrew Santomauro to go home after his three-bagger to right and another Garzillo throwing error, giving Lafayette a 4-2 lead after two complete innings.

The score remained 4-2 until the bottom of the fourth inning after three scoreless from Massa and a quiet bottom of the third by Kevin Long, who earned the final out of the second. The Leopards broke the game open against Long, though, and pushed four across the dish. Santomauro led off the inning with a leadoff double and scored on a popup to shallow center by Hills, before RBI singles by Dunleavy and McCool surrounding a wild pitch extended Lafayette's lead to 8-2.

Lehigh threatened its next time up by placing runners on first and second with one away. Massa's day was prematurely ended when he was hit with a line drive in the back on John Elson's hit. Massa struck out five and walked four, while allowing two runs on four hits. Facing a two-on one-out situation, freshman left-hander Ari Kaufman held Lehigh scoreless by getting a flyout, walking a hitter and a groundout to end the bases-loaded threat.

The Mountain Hawks cut the deficit in half with three runs in the top of the sixth inning off Kaufman before Mitch Leeds came out of the pen to clean up a two-on two out situation. Like he did in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, Leeds finished the job with a one-hit performance and tossed 1.1 innings for his third save of the year.

Game two of the doubleheader and the fourth of the series begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The game will be streamed live on