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Dignacco Pitches Army Past Baseball in Opener

April 5, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lafayette 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Army 0 0 1 1 0 0 x 2 3 2

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Dignacco - W (5-1) 7.0 1 1 0 0 9
 Ortolf - L (2-4) 5.1 3 2 2 4 2
 Batting AB R
 Santomauro 3 1 1 0 0 0
 Lindner 1 1 1 1 2 1

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army starting pitcher Nick Dignacco was sharp throughout his complete-game effort, holding Lafayette to one run on one hit with nine strikeouts in the 2-1 series-opening victory for the Black Knights on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Stadium.

Neither side had a baserunner through the first two innings as Dignacco and Lafayette' s left-hander Connor Ortolf (2-4) tossed a pair of perfect frames to start the game. Dignacco continued the trend in the third by striking out the side to keep the game scoreless.

Army's second baseman Kris Lindner broke the ice with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third inning. An error followed by a single allowed the next two Army hitters to reach safely before Ortolf escaped the inning without any further damage by getting a pair of groundouts sandwiched around a strikeout of Jacob Page to keep the deficit at 1-0.

The Leopards (7-13, 1-2 Patriot) wasted no time in tying the score when Andrew Santomauro extended his hitting streak to nine games with a base hit to begin the fourth. A successful sacrifice bunt by Jackson Kramer moved Santomauro into scoring position with one out. The next batter was Parker Hills, who struck out on a ball in the dirt, but Santomauro came around to score on an error by the Army first baseman.

With the score knotted at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, another solo homer put Army (17-9, 2-2 Patriot) back in front. This time, Army shortstop Alex Jensen went deep and the long ball held up to be the winning run as Dignacco didn't surrender another hit over the final three innings.

Cory Spera hurled the final 1 2/3 innings for Lafayette in relief for Ortolf and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Ortolf pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, while walking four and striking out two.