Froio Records 200th Hit in Loss at Saint Joseph's
April 13, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Lafayette baseball team managed just three hits in a loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night, but two of them were career milestones. Senior Rob Froio moved into third place all-time with 200 career hits, while freshman Brian Sullivan recorded his first career hit in the first plate appearance of his collegiate career.
With the loss, the Leopards fall to 11-18 overall. Saint Joseph's now stands at 12-20 on the season.
Froio entered the game tied with Tye Gonser '02 at 199 career hits. With 19 scheduled games remaining in his career, he is within striking distance of the all-time record of 216 hits held by Adam Rosenberg '04. Jason Boyd '04 ranks second all-time with 212 career hits.
Sophomore Scott Kelleher had the third hit for the Leopards on the day. All three of Lafayette's singles were lead-off hits. Senior A.J. Miller, who entered the day ranked sixth in Division I with a Patriot League-leading .443 batting average, was held hitless at 0-for-2 but drew a walk and picked up his 33rd RBI of the season via a sacrifice fly.
Though held to just three hits, the Leopards were not without opportunities to score, as Hawks pitching hit a batter and issued seven walks, but Lafayette left 11 runners on base in the contest.
On the mound, Lafayette traded zeroes with Saint Joseph's for much of the game. Sophomore southpaw Joe Leo got the starter and fired two scoreless innings. He was relieved by freshman right-hander Ben Meer (0-2), who took the hard luck loss despite surrendering just one run in two innings of work. Jack Rems, Chris Boyce and Kevin Casey all hurled one frame apiece, while Sean McGrath and Derek Gussaroff combined to pitch the eighth inning.
The Leopards trailed by a score of just 1-0 until the sixth inning, which saw the Hawks plate three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Lafayette loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning with one out as Miller came to the plate representing the tying run. Miller - who has a team-high nine home runs this season - was unable to clear the fence at Campbell's Field, but did bring a run home via a sacrifice fly. Saint Joseph's added another three tallies in the eighth to pull away for a 7-1 victory.
Matt Buccheri (2-0), one of six pitchers to work for the Hawks, got the win with 2.1 innings of hitless relief.
Lafayette returns to Patriot League play this weekend, welcoming Holy Cross to Kamine Stadium for noon doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. All four games with the Crusaders will be available live online via LSN All-Access at GoLeopards.com.
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