Big Innings Lead Baseball to Split at Holy Cross
April 7, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - After dropping the series opener, the Lafayette baseball team erupted for seven runs in the second inning of the nightcap en route to a 12-6 win to earn a split with host Holy Cross. Bobby Fargnoli had three RBI in the game-two win.
The Leopards now stand at 9-20-1 overall and 3-3 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross now stands at 17-12 on the season with a 4-2 league tally.
Fargnoli's three RBI in the game-two victory came as a part of a 4-for-7 performance in the twinbill. Parker Hills also drove in three runs in the nightcap, while Kevin Casey and Brian Davila had two RBI apiece. Brad Hopek had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Thomas Dunleavy also posted a three-hit day. Casey, Hills, Andrew Ruck and Andrew Santomauro had two hits apiece on the day. Dunleavy, Ruck, Santomauro and Davila each stole a base in game two.
Ethan Perro started the second game for the Leopards are allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. Chris Boyce (2-0) earned the win in relief with 0.2 innings of work. Jack Rems retired the only two batters he faced, and Jeff Snell ceded just two hits over the last three innings to record his fifth save.
John Gentile (0-7) took the loss for Lafayette in the opener. The right-hander allowed six hits and two earned runs in four innings of work. Including today, Gentile has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his seven decisions.
Rems faced two batters, striking out one and allowing one hit, and Boyce retired all five Crusaders he faced, including four via strikeout in his 1.2 innings of work.
In game one, the Crusaders started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chris Sintetos reached on a one-out error and came around to score the unearned run on a Brandon Cipolla triple to put Holy Cross on top. Another unearned tally would cross the plate when Cipolla trotted home on an Andrew Barry sacrifice fly to extend the margin to 2-0.
Holy Cross added to its lead in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Jordan Enos to round out the scoring at 4-0.
The Leopards threatened in the top of the seventh as a Dunleavy lead-off walk, a single by Ruck and a walk to Hopek loaded the bases with one out to bring the tying run to the plate. At that point, the Crusaders gave the ball to John Colella - the program's all-time saves leader - who registered a strikeout and a groundout to close the door and preserve the victory.
Lafayette jumped out to a comfortable lead in the nightcap with a seven-run second inning. Fargnoli had two hits in the inning - including a two-run single. Davila and Casey also each had two-run base-hits in the frame, while Hills also knocked in a run in the stanza as Lafayette sent 12 men to the plate en route to a 7-0 advantage.
Holy Cross would add two runs in its half of the second and three more in the fifth, but the Leopards put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. Santomauro led off with a double and later came home on catcher's interference to start the scoring. Fargnoli knocked in a run, Hills drove in two and Fargnoli later scored on a wild pitch to finish off the scoring.
The Crusaders added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, but got no closer as Snell fired three scoreless frames to close out the 12-6 victory.