Lafayette Baseball Finishes Off Holy Cross Series With Two Wins on Sunday
April 6, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette took two of three games played vs. Holy Cross on Sunday. The Leopards finished off a suspended game from Saturday afternoon, winning 8-1, and then split the final two games, losing 3-0 before rallying to a 4-0 win in the final game of the day.
In the first game on Sunday, Lafayette (8-8, 5-2) needed to finish off the final two innings of the suspended game. The Leopards, who were leading 6-1 coming into the day, tacked on two more runs in the fifth to capture an 8-1 decision. Junior Marcus Ward earned the victory, throwing five innings of two hit baseball on Saturday. Junior Paul Fischetti took over for Ward on Sunday, throwing two innings while not allowing a hit to any of the eight batters he faced. Drew Bigda took the loss for Holy Cross (2IP, 4H, 6R, 2W, 2K).
In the second game of the day, Holy Cross (7-13, 3-5) starter John Dibble allowed just two hits the entire game, using mostly off-speed pitches to strike out six in a shutout victory. Lafayette starter Joe Saporetti (2-2) turned in a solid performance, throwing seven innings while allowing three runs (one earned). He gave up eight hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter in his third complete game of the season.
Holy Cross scored in two innings including what would end as the game-winning run in the top of the second. Dan Powers connected for a two-out single that scored Tom Potvin to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Holy Cross put the game away in the seventh. Powers doubled to lead off the inning. An infield single by Mike Marron and error on the same play put runners on second and third with no outs. With the infield in, Tucker Frawley singled up the middle to score both runs and put the final at 3-1.
Game two was a similar affair, but this time Lafayette wound up on the winning side. Junior Tom Soldan struck out six batters to earn the 4-0 shutout win. The victory came in Soldan's first collegiate start and followed up his three-inning win at Wagner on Thursday.
Lafayette wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Sophomore Rob Fioretti led off the inning with a single. Junior Adam Rosenberg kept it going with a perfectly executed hit and run, when he slapped a ball to the right side to put runners on first and third. Jason Boyd drove in Fioretti with a sac fly. Fioretti finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Lafayette added some insurance runs in the home third. With the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Adam Bucci dropped a ball in front of the rightfielder to plate two runs. Matt Tambellini drove in the Leopards' third run of the inning and fourth of the game on a sacrfice fly to left.
Soldan allowed just two hits in the final four innings, as he cruised to the 4-0 win.
Lafayette returns to action on Wednesday when the Leopards travel to Manhattan for a non-conference game beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Leopards return home on the weekend, hosting Army in a four-game Patriot League series.