Leopards Bound for Citizens Bank Park After 10-2 Win over Penn
April 3, 2007
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette advanced to the championship game of the Liberty Bell Classic for the second straight year after beating Penn 10-2 on Tuesday afternoon at the Class of 1978 Stadium.
The Leopards will play Lehigh on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Lafayette fell to 6-5 to La Salle in last year's Liberty Bell Classic final. The Mountain Hawks defeated Temple 14-4 in the other semifinal on Tuesday.
Junior Brad Woodfield allowed two unearned runs in six innings on the mound to pick up his first career victory for the Leopards. Woodfield gave up seven hits, all singles, didn't walk a batter and struck out four before being relieved by Jason Morytko (2.0 IP) and Brian Mostek (1.0 IP) who threw the final three innings.
Leadoff batter James Conrad and No. 2 hitter Jeff Butler combined to go 5-for-8 and scored six runs for Lafayette, which had its 10 RBI spread around over seven different hitters. Conrad was 2-for-4 and scored three runs, while Butler went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, scored three runs and drove in two.
Designated hitter Kevin Leasure was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in, bumping his season total to 21 RBI, second in the Patriot League.
Lafayette scored twice in the first, on a double by Butler and a single by Leasure, and plated two more runs in the third on an RBI single by Butler and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Raible. Penn cut the margin to 4-2 in the fourth after the inning was extended on a throwing error following a strikeout for the potential third out of the inning.
The Leopards responded with five runs in the fifth, including four that were scored with two outs, to put the game out of reach. Three of Lafayette's five hits in the frame were infield singles, as Leasure and Matt Hall legged out base hits and Chris Luick and Dave Drechsel laced ringing singles to center to collect RBI's with two outs in the inning.
Lafayette completed its scoring in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Tom Hayes which brought Butler around to score following a double.
The victory is the fifth straight for the Leopards (13-10, 4-0 PL), who will play a single nine-inning game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at NJIT.