Villanova Outduels Baseball
April 3, 2012
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - The Lafayette baseball team managed just one hit on Tuesday afternoon at Villanova, but that Bobby Fargnoli RBI single nearly stood up thanks to an impressive showing by the Leopards' pitching staff. The Wildcats needed a ninth-inning rally to claim a 2-1 decision.
With the loss, the Leopards fall to 8-18-1 on the season. Host Villanova improves to 16-14.
Alex Farina started for the Leopards and scattered four hits while posting zeroes in the first four innings. Jack Rems followed with 2.1 scoreless frames, and Jeff Snell fired 1.2 scoreless innings to keep the game scoreless into the ninth. However, Snell (1-2) took the loss as he allowed the first two hits in the final frame that became the tying and winning runs, respectively. Sean McGrath finished the game, retiring one batter.
Tyler Radtke started for the Wildcats and tossed five no-hit innings. Matt Lengel followed with two hitless innings. Julian Diaz lost the no-hitter with two out in the eighth, but was the benefactor of the Villanova rally, improving to 3-1 for his two innings on the bump.
Fargnoli's base-hit broke up the no-hitter and drove in Santomauro to snap a scoreless tie. Andrew Santomauro walked to begin the top of the ninth inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Thomas Dunleavy and took third on a passed ball before the Leopards' co-captain knocked him in to give Lafayette a 1-0 lead.
Villanova responded in the bottom of the ninth, however. After a lead-off single, a pair of bunt singles loaded the bases still with none out. A walk then pushed the tying run across and a sacrifice fly gave the Wildcats a walk-off, 2-1 victory.
Prior to today's ninth inning, the Leopards' pitching staff had worked 15.1 innings without allowing a run spanning back to the second inning of Connor Ortolf's complete game win at Lehigh on Sunday.
The Leopards are back on the road tomorrow, traveling to Monmouth for a 3:30 meeting with the Hawks. Patriot League play resumes this weekend at Holy Cross.