Long Island Snaps Lafayette Baseball's Three-Game Winning Streak
April 2, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Long Island cranked out 14 hits to notch a 12-5 win and snap Lafayette's three-game win streak on Wednesday in non-conference baseball action at Metzgar Field.
The Leopards took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, their only lead of the game. Junior Rob Fioretti led off with a single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and Adam Rosenberg moved him along to third with a groundout. Jason Boyd collected his fifth RBI of the season when he drove in Fioretti with a sacrifice fly.
Long Island responded with three-run rallies in each of the next two innings. In the second, Mike Thompson doubled home a run to tie the game 1-1. With the bases loaded, Lafayette's Brandon Ripley got Richard Bell to ground out to shortstop for a potential doubleplay. Long Island scored one run on the fielder's choice and another as the throw to first was errant, making it 3-1.
In the third, three-straight singles set the stage for an RBI-groundout from Dustin Roach and a two-run single from Christopher Brescia to put the scoreboard at 6-1. Lafayette reliever Don Smith came in to close out the inning for Ripley (0-1) who left the game with two outs in the third. Ripley finished the day, having allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks.
Lafayette slowly cut away at the LIU lead. The Leopards put two runs on the board in the fourth. Adam Bucci, who is currently leading the Patriot League in hitting at .459, belted a triple off the wall in right center to score Craig Alexander. Junior Eric Vacca singled up the middle to score Bucci.
In the home fifth, Lafayette trimmed its deficit to 6-5. Boyd's second sac fly of the game plated Fioretti who had reached on a lead-off walk. Rosenberg got on base via an infield single. He stole second and then third before coming home on a throwing error to bring Lafayette within one run.
Long Island (7-10) broke the game open with five runs over the next two innings. Khyl Farrison connected for two-run single off Smith and Tim Doherty added an RBI single to right in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman Tom Phelan was brought on to relieve Smith. Phelan got a fielder's choice to end the rally with LIU leading 9-5.
Long Island tacked on two more runs in seventh on a Bell single and one run in the ninth on a Doherty single to run the final to 12-5. The Blackbirds final run came off Drew Moyer who threw two and a third solid innings, allowing one run on three hits.
John Dooley (1-1) earned his first collegiate win, throwing five innings for the Blackbirds. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks. Thompson threw four innings of no-hit baseball to earn the save.
The Leopards return to action Thursday at Wagner for a 3:30 p.m. game. Lafayette returns home this weekend to host Holy Cross for a four-game series.