Monmouth Posts 16-8 Win in Non-League Baseball
April 12, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Catcher Mike Hussa collected a hit in all six at-bats, and the bottom four hitters of the order scored 13 runs and knocked in eight as Monmouth doubled up Lafayette, 16-8, in non-league baseball play on Tuesday at Class of 78 Stadium.
James Conrad was 4-for-5 at the plate for the Leopards, and three players hit solo home runs.
Monmouth (11-15) went up 2-0 in the third before freshman catcher Tom Ambrosole hit his first career home run to left-center in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half. The Hawks used three hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error to score three more in the fourth, and a double steal allowed Marc Weres to come home to put Monmouth ahead 6-1 in the fifth.
Lafayette (9-18) rallied to push four across in the home half of the frame, taking advantage of a pair of errors. A two-run double by Ian Law plated Rob Fioretti and Conrad after Clint Losch and Adam Bucci scored on the miscues.
Hussa opened the sixth with a double to left and scored on a single by Justin Braun. Andy Meyers followed with a three-run homer to extend the lead to 10-5. Kyle Higgins and John Lewis stroked back-to-back doubles to score another run, but Lewis was thrown out by Kevin Leasure while advancing to third.
Mike Raible led off the Leopard sixth with a blast to left center and the Leopards loaded the bases on a single by Conrad and two walks before Law lofted a fly ball to center that was pulled down for the final out.
Monmouth plated four in the eighth, as Hussa's sixth hit of the day drove in Lewis and gave the Hawks a 15-6 advantage. Conrad doubled home Ambrosole in the bottom of the inning, and a two-base hit by Andy Meyers brought Braun across in the home half of the ninth.
Kevin Reese closed the scoring with a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Brad Brach picked up his third win of the season, allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Doug Lunau was hit with the loss for Lafayette.
The Leopards will play at St. Peter's on Wednesday afternoon before their weekend series at Navy in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday and Sunday.