Pisarri Delivers Knockout Punch
April 3, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - It was well worth the wait when more than three hours after the first pitch, A.J. Pisarri singled home the game-winning run in the 10th inning to give the Leopards a split in the opening day of their series with Bucknell.
Lafayette (4-15, 1-1) rebounded after dropping the first game 5-3 to win 14-13 in 10 innings. While Pisarri delivered the game-winning hit, A.J. Miller put on an offensive show, finishing with three home runs and four hits in the nightcap to go along with an astounding six RBI and four runs. He also collected a hit in the series opener for a five-hit afternoon.
After scoring one early run, Miller came to bat with two men on and two men out and sent the ball over the right field fence for the 4-0 Lafayette lead.
Bucknell's Andrew Brouse responded by hitting starter Corey Shea's 1-1 pitch out of the park for a solo shot that made it 4-1.
In the third, Matt Hall hit a one-out double to right field and Miller continued his hot-hitting by sending his second ball over the fence for a two-run shot and a 6-1 Leopard lead.
The Bison (11-15, 1-1) got back a run in the fourth on Drew Constable's RBI to center field.
Rob Froio continued the power surge with a solo shot to left center to lead off the fourth inning. Three straight hits loaded the bases with no on out in the fifth and Brian Davila sent home two runners with a hard hit to left field as the Leopards upped their edge to 9-2.
Shea got rocked for four runs in the sixth, all coming off the long ball. The Bison scored the first two on Andrew Brouse's two-run shot over the leftfield fence, his second homer of the game.
Doug Shribman followed Drew Constable's double with another two-run shot to left field and Lafayette's lead quickly shrunk to three (9-6). Allen greeted reliever Sean McGrath with a two-out RBI double for a 9-7 score and Ben Yoder followed with a two-RBI double that knotted the game at nine.
The Leopards countered with four more runs on three hits in their half of the sixth. Alex Bechta sent home two of those runs on a two-RBI double. A sac fly emptied the bases and made it 12-9 before Miller sent his third home run of the game out of the park for a 13-9 ballgame.
As usual, the lead did not last long thanks to a three-run Bucknell seventh, with all runs coming home on Bob Donato's three-run blast to left center.
It remained 13-all after nine innings of play. In the 10, Pisarri came to bat and sent home Davila, who had reached on a one-out single to right center and advanced to second n a fielding error.
The Leopards nearly opened the day with a win but could not hold on to a 3-2 lead. Starter Zach Fritz lasted six full innings and gave up five runs, three of which were earned but ended up taking the loss.
Pisarri and Hall had two hits apiece with Hall adding two RBI on his third homer of the year.
Yoder, the game's second batter, got Bucknell on the board quickly with a solo shot to right center.
In the fifth, Fritz gave up a two-out double down the right field line to David Duffet and Ben Allen followed with a single in the same location to make it a 2-0 game.
Pisarri led off the sixth with a hustle double and Hall deposited a 3-2 pitch beyond the left centerfield fence to knot the game at two.
Bechta followed with a long double to right center and Justin Shepherd got an infield single to put runners at the corners still with one out. Miller had a hard hit to right field that plated Bechta to give Lafayette its first lead of the game at 3-2.
After giving up a double and hitting a batter to open the seventh, Fritz's throwing error on a bunt by Duffett allowed Shribman to cross home plate with the game-tying run.
Rems came on to relieve Fritz with no outs in the inning. A RBI groundout by Allen put Bucknell back in the lead, 4-3, and B.J. LaRosa's RBI bunt single made it 5-3 after six and a half innings of play.
The Leopards and Bison conclude their series tomorrow with another doubleheader beginning at noon. The game can be seen on LSN All-Access. Visit GoLeopards.com for additional information.
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