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Army Mounts Comeback to Top Baseball

April 6, 2014

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

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Carroll - W (5-1) 6.0 5 3 3 1 7
 Bednar - L (1-2) 3.1 2 4 2 2 2
 Griffith - S (3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
 Batting AB R
 Santomauro 4 1 2 1 0 0
 Davidson 3 1 2 3 0 0

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Lafayette held a 3-0 lead, but Army came from behind with a four-run fourth inning and walked away with a 5-3 win in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader at Johnson Stadium.

The Leopards (7-15, 1-4 Patriot) opened the scoring with a two-out rally in the top of the third inning. Centerfielder Andrew Santomauro and second baseman Jackson Kramer doubled in consecutive at bats to put the Maroon and White in front 1-0.

Lafayette starter David Bednar held Army (19-9, 4-2) without a hit through the first three innings before the Leopards added to the lead in the visitors half of the fourth. With Tyler Hudson on second base following a two bagger and Andrew Landolfi at first after being hit by a pitch, left fielder Michael Coniglio delivered a two-out single that chased home Hudson. Santomauro then collected his second hit of the afternoon and Landolfi scored to make it 3-0.  

Facing a three-run deficit, Army’s offense came to life and took advantage a pair of Lafayette errors in the fourth. Bednar got Jacob Page to groundout for the first out of the inning before the next five Army batters reached base, including Brock Davidson’s two-RBI double. Alex Farina came out of the bullpen to relieve Bednar after 3 1/3 innings and three runs crossed the plate. Coming into a situation with two men on and one away, Farina induced a foul popup to first base for the second out before a second error put Army ahead 4-3 through four innings.

Army’s Gunnar Carroll completed his outing with scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth inning before handing the ball to Johnny Griffith for the save in the seventh. Carroll sent Lafayette down in order after the Black Knights took the lead and added to it on Davidson’s second run-scoring double of the day in the fifth.

Carroll scattered five hits and struck out seven in six innings of work to claim the win. Bednar was saddled with the loss (1-2) after giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Farina hurled 2 2/3 innings and allowed a run on three hits, while walking two and fanning two others. 

Game Notes:

Santomauro increased his hitting streak to nine games.