Series Split on Sunday
April 4, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - It was another up and down day for the Leopards who split their Sunday doubleheader with Bucknell by winning the first game 5-4 before falling 18-8 in the series finale.
The Leopards rallied for four runs in the sixth inning, including what stood as the game-winning hit by pinch hitter Scott Kelleher, and held on for the 5-4 win. The Bison rebounded in the nightcap, collecting 18 runs on 20 hits, five of which were home runs.
Third baseman Matt Fenster went 5-for-7 on the day with four RBI and three runs scored. Kelleher had three hits and drove in four, three of which came on his bases-clearing triple in game one.
Early in the first inning of the first game, a dropped third-strike ball extended the inning for starter John Gentile, and two batters later, Bucknell held a 2-0 lead after back-to-back hits.
A solo shot by Ben Yoder upped that to a 3-0 Bison lead in the third inning.
It remained a 3-0 game until Alex Bechta hit a bullet over the right field fence to quickly make it a 3-1 score after four innings of play.
With runners on second and third in the sixth and only one out, Fenster hit a ball that carried and hit off the right centerfield fence, plating Bechta to cut Bucknell's lead to one, 3-2.
A.J. Miller was intentionally walked to load the bases and with two outs, Kelleher belted a ball to deep right center that cleared the bases and made it 5-3 after six full innings.
Sophomore closer Jeff Snell gave up a run in the seventh but buckled down and picked up the save to preserve the 5-4 Leopard victory.
With home runs flying out of Kamine Stadium all weekend, Matt Lamore continued the trend in the second game with a one-out, two-run blast to right field in the second off starter Jeremy Atkins.
Andrew Brouse added a two-run shot in the third for a 4-0 game and Doug Shribman became the third Bison in the game to knock the ball out of the park with a leadoff shot in the fourth, upping the margin to five (5-0).
Bucknell continued to tack on runs, going up 9-0 after four innings of play.
Lafayette got its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on Kelleher's RBI single to left and put another two runs on the board in the fifth thanks in part to a Bucknell fielding error and a Fenster sac fly.
Two Bucknell sac flies in the sixth made it an eight-run Lafayette deficit (11-3).
The Bison kept pelting the ball, adding two more home runs in the eighth to up their edge to 15-3. They added three more runs before Lafayette was able to get out of the inning for an 18-3 score.
Lafayette added two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth as Fenster came through with another clutch hit, but the game ended in the 18-8 final.
Lafayette opens a 16-game road swing on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at St. Joseph's in the second round of the Liberty Bell Classic.
- Matt Hall's 23-game hit streak came to an end in game one. Entering the weekend, that 23-game stretch was the third longest active streak in the nation.
- Freshman reliever Joe Leo made his first collegiate appearance, coming on in relief in the eighth inning.
- Catcher Kevin McCarville earned his fourth start of the season, taking over behind the plate for A.J. Miller in the series finale. Miller moved to designated hitter.