Lafayette Baseball Downed By Manhattan, 8-1, in Weekday Contest
April 10, 2003
RIVERDALE, N.Y. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette dropped an 8-1 decision in non-conference baseball action at Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. The second-place Leopards will now turn their attention to Army whom they will face in a four-game conference series this weekend.
Manhattan (11-13) led from the outset on Thursday night, eventually cranking out 14 hits off of five different Lafayette pitchers.
In the Manhattan second inning, the Jaspers scored three runs on three hits. Chris Gaskin connected for an RBI-double and Frank Cappello and Jonathan Holzer each drove in runs on base hits. Manhattan benefited from a wild pitch and a balk in the inning from Lafayette starter Don Smith. Smith, who gave up three runs on five hits in two innings of work, was hit with his first loss of the season.
Manhattan added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gaskin drove in the fourth run of the game and then later scored from third on a balk to make it 5-0.
The Leopards broke up the shutout in the top of the fifth. Singles by Matt Tambellini and Sean Lesser put runners on first and second. The two moved up a base on a passed ball, allowing Ian Law to drive in Tambellini with a sac fly to right.
Manhattan added an insurance run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to put the final at 8-1.
Five Lafayette pitchers saw time on the mound, with Hank Fichtner the only hurler who escaped without giving up a run. Fichtner worked a scoreless seventh. Manhattan's Alex Narus notched his first career victory, throwing four innings, while allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Lafayette returns to Patriot League action on Saturday versus Army with the first pitch coming at noon at Metzgar Field.