Lafayette Baseball Takes Manhattan, 6-3
April 7, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Jason Boyd was 3-for-3 with a triple and home run and Adam Rosenberg put Lafayette ahead for good with a one-out, two-run single in the seventh as the Leopards picked up a 6-3 win over Manhattan in non-league baseball action on Wednesday.
Boyd tripled in the first inning, reached on an infield single in the third and smacked a two-run homer in the fifth. His bid for the cycle was denied when he was hit by a pitch in his final at bat in the seventh.
Manhattan (6-14-1) scored all three of its runs in the second inning. Chris Gaskin led off the inning with a home run to right. With one out and runners on the corners, Gary Diaz stole second and the throw ended up in center field, allowing Nick Derba to score from third. Diaz, who advanced to third on the play, later scored on a groundout.
Boyd's two-run shot in the fifth evened the score at three, setting the stage for Rosenberg in the seventh. Ian Quinn came on in relief for the Jaspers to open the seventh, and promptly loaded the bases by issuing a pair of walks and hitting Boyd. Josh Santerre came out of the bullpen to face Rosenberg, who sent a single through the left side of the infield that plated Vacca and James Conrad.
Conrad doubled home Frank Cortazar in the eighth, who scored just before Conrad was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit to a triple.
The Jaspers loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth, but Lafayette pitcher Matt Revelle snared a liner back up the middle and Rosenberg hauled in a foul ball down the right field line and nailed the runner attempting to tag from third. After back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth, the Leopard bullpen did not allow another hit over the final five innings.
Tom Phelan worked two innings of hitless baseball to earn his first career win, while Drew Moyer closed the door in the ninth for his first career save.
Gaskin led the Jaspers at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with the homer and a walk.
Lafayette returns to Class of 1978 Stadium this weekend, hosting Navy in a four-game Patriot League series. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is set for noon.