Baseball Outlasts Holy Cross to Earn Sunday Split
April 8, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - Bases-clearing doubles by Kevin Casey and Bobby Fargnoli in the top of the 12th inning guided the Lafayette baseball team to a doubleheader split at Holy Cross on Sunday. The Leopards won the 12-inning nightcap, 12-6, after falling in the opener, 8-0.
Following their second consecutive split with the Crusaders, the Leopards stand at 10-21-1 overall and 4-4 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross moves to 18-13 on the season with a 5-3 league mark.
After managing just one hit in the seven-inning opener, Lafayette pounded 16 hits in the nightcap. Fargnoli hit two doubles with five RBI - one of five Leopards with two hits in the contest. Andrew Santomauo led off the game with his first career home run as a part of a three-hit day. Thomas Dunleavy doubled, while Scott Kelleher and Kevin McCarville each added two singles. Brian Davila roped an RBI double, while James McCool also hit a two-bagger and Andrew Ruck singled to round out the offensive onslaught.
Connor Ortolf worked the first 3.1 innings of game two for Lafayette, and Chris Boyce followed with 1.2 frames of hitless and scoreless relief. Jeff Snell fired three scoreless innings for the second straight day, and left the game in line for the win heading into the ninth. Though the Crusaders scratched a two-run across to tie the contest off Sean McGrath, the southpaw bounced back and posted three zeroes in the extra innings to earn the win and improve to 1-0.
Derek Gussaroff started and took the loss for the Leopards in game one, falling to 4-3. Gussaroff ceded three earned runs on three hits and four walks in 1.1 innings of work. He struck out two batters, hit two and threw a pair of wild pitches. Alex Farina did not surrender an earned run in 3.2 stanzas of relief, and Ben Meer finished the game with a perfect inning of work.
The Crusaders took an early lead in game one with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and four unearned tallies in the second. The home team wrapped up the scoring with another unearned run in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Nate Koneski earned the win for Holy Cross. Koneski (3-2) surrendered one hit and two walks in six innings of action. He struck out 10 batters and hit one.
Santomauro's lead-off homer started the nightcap and kicked off a three-run first inning for the Maroon and White. Fargnoli's first two-bagger of the game plated Casey and Ruck to extend Lafayette's early cushion. After the Crusaders got on the board in their half of the first, the Leopards took the run back when McCarville came home on a Holy Cross error in the second.
The Crusaders knotted the score at 4-4 with three runs in the bottom of the third frame and took the lead with another tally in the fourth.
The 5-4 margin held into the seventh inning. Santomauro led off the frame with a single and took second on a Dunleavy sacrifice bunt. After a Casey single put runners on the corners with one out, the centerfielder raced home with the equalizing run on a Ruck RBI groundout.
The Leopards would take the lead in the following frame on a double by McCool and a two-out RBI two-bagger off the bat of Davila.
Holy Cross scratched out a run on a two-out Jordan Enos single in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, but McGrath would shut the Crusaders down from that point forward to facilitate the Leopards' 12th-inning rally.
McCarville legged out an infield hit with one out to start the offense and moved into scoring position on a Davila walk. After a pitching change and the second out of the inning, Dunleavy worked a walk to load the bases. Casey came through in the clutch with a double to straight-away centerfield to clear the bags and put the Leopards on top, 9-6. The two-out rally continued when Ruck drew a walk and Kelleher singled to re-load the bases. This time, Fargnoli delivered the knockout blow with a double to left centerfield to once again plate three and extend the Lafayette advantage to 12-6. McGrath closed the door with a scoreless bottom of the 12th to seal the victory and the weekend split.
Mike Ahmed was responsible for the first two runs of the 12th to take the loss. Ahmed (1-1) ceded two hits and three walks in total during his 2.1 innings of work.
Fargnoli wrapped up the four-game series with eight RBI. Boyce and McGrath notched the two wins in the series, while Snell recorded a save in Saturday's victory.
The Leopards return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 11 when Villanova visits Kamine Stadium for a 3:30 contest. Patriot League play resumes next weekend at Army. The Black Knights swept Lehigh at West Point this weekend to remain perfect at 8-0 in league action.