Leopards Split Monday Twinbill with Mids, Move to 5-3 in Patriot League
April 10, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette split a doubleheader with Navy for the second straight day on Monday afternoon at Class of 1978 Stadium. The Leopards led wire-to-wire for a 6-4 victory in the first game, while the Mids came back with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
Lafayette (15-14, 5-3 PL) put up runs in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead in the first game. Kevin Leasure singled home Frank Cortazar, who reached via double, in the first inning. Ian Law provided the power in the second, launching a two-run homer to left field to give his team a 3-0 advantage. The Leopards played small ball in the third, as Tom Hayes walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an infield single by James Conrad and scored as Dave Drechsel singled off the pitcher.
The Midshipmen (25-10-1, 6-2 PL) scored a pair of runs in the fifth, but Lafayette matched them in the bottom of the frame. The Leopards loaded the bases with two outs, and Conrad came through with a single to left that plated Hayes and Leasure to extend the lead to 6-2.
A two-run homer by Jared Munde pulled Navy within 6-4 in the sixth before Jason Morytko relieved starter Ted Gjeldum and struck out Renaldo Hollins to end the inning with a runner on first. Gjeldum didn't surrender a hit until Mitch Harris reached on an infield single in the fourth and improved to 3-2 on the season.
John Fugett handled the seventh for Lafayette and walked away with his fifth save of the season, stranding runners on first and second on a pop up to Law at short and a ground ball to Chris Luick at first.
Lafayette scored in the first inning of the second game as well, as Law led off with a single, advanced to second on a ground ball and moved to third on a fly ball to right, then came home as Tom Ambrosole singled to center to pick up the RBI.
Starting pitcher Kevin Reese recorded four of his first six outs on strikeouts before running into trouble in the third. A sacrifice fly scored Hollins for the first run, Mitch Harris drove a double to left center to plate another, and Joshua Martinez delivered the big blow of the inning with a two-out, two-run single that made the score 4-1.
A fifth-inning home run by D.J. Faldowski pushed Navy's edge to 5-1. The Leopards threatened for a big inning in the bottom half, as singles by Hayes and Ambrosole and a walk by Ezekiel loaded the bases with one out. Following a pitching change, Jeff Butler pinch hit for Frank Cortazar and grounded into a fielders choice at second with Hayes scoring on the play. Navy reliever Mark Foris, who finished the game as the pitcher of record, retired Conrad to get out of the inning.
The Mids closed the scoring in the sixth as Dominic Lopez had a run-scoring triple and scored on a single by Harris. Foris allowed one hit in three innings of work, and James Lee cleaned up the last inning and two-thirds for the Mids.
Lafayette will play in the championship game of the Liberty Bell Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia against La Salle on Tuesday at 8 p.m. A pre-game reception, sponsored by the Maroon Club, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Club at the ballyard.