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Baseball Outslugs Navy to Split Series

April 13, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Navy 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 7 10 1
Lafayette 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 1 x 9 12 3

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Callanan - W (1-0) 3.0 4 1 1 0 2
 McCormick - L (1-3) 0.2 1 1 1 1 0
 Farina - S (1) 1.2 1 0 0 1 2
 Batting AB R
 Chinnery 4 2 3 2 0 0
 Hudson 5 2 2 3 0 1

EASTON, Pa. - Tyler Hudson and Tim Lazor each went yard as Lafayette captured the series finale from Navy 9-7 on Sunday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. The Mids won the first game 9-8 as the two sides halved the weekend series.

The Leopards improved to 10-18 on the season and 3-7 in conference play, while Navy dipped to 18-21 and 4-8 in the Patriot League.

After Lafayette took an early 2-0 lead with a two-run single by Hudson, Navy responded with five runs in the visitors half of the second inning off Lafayette starter Ari Kaufman. The right hander worked around a leadoff baserunner in the first inning to keep Navy off the board, but allowed three hits and walked one in Navy's five-run second.

The score held at 5-2 after Cory Spera tossed a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the third and worked around a hit in the fourth.

In the bottom of that inning, Lafayette got a pair of runs back to claw within one. Ronald Sessa's one-out single began the rally and an error put Parker Hills and Sessa on first and second, respectively. Three batters later with the bases full and two outs, Jackson Kramer had the clutch hit that brought home two and made it a one-run ballgame.

Navy plated an unearned run that was charged to Spera in its next trip to the plate, but Lafayette put another crooked number on the board to tie the score at 6-6 after five full innings. Hudson, who was on by virtue of a fielder's choice earlier in the frame, tallied the first run on a groundout by Sessa. The RBI came after Michael McCormick relieved starter George Coughlin with one down in the fifth.  With men on first and third following a walk to Hills, Michael Coniglio smacked a single to right that brought in Landolfi and Lafayette leveled the score.

Coughlin went 4 1/3 innings for Navy and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits. He struck out one and walked another.

Navy had its chances to break the tie in the sixth against Ryan Callanan, who entered the contest in the previous inning for Spera. The sophomore left hander escaped a one-out bases loaded jam by striking out Kash Manzelli and getting cleanup man David Norman to fly out to right field.

Kramer was hit by a pitch to start the sixth and moved to second on successive wild pitches. With Alex Woinski at the dish, Kramer scored on a groundout to second as Lafayette took the lead. Two batters later, the eventual winning run came off the bat of Hudson, who sent Sam Sorenson's offering over the fence in right center.

Trailing 8-6 heading into the eighth inning, Navy got within a run when Currie connected on a Callanan pitch and took it to the wall in right center. The standup triple chased home Adrian Chinnery, who singled with one. Lafayette turned the ball over to Alex Farina as Currie occupied third base and Travis Blue came to the plate. A ground ball was hit to second base and the drawn-in Kramer tossed over to first for the second out. An intentional walk was issued to Manzelli to set up runners on the corners and two outs for Norman. The first pitch in the righty-righty matchup was grounded to short and Farina kept Lafayette ahead 8-7.

Callanan twirled three solid innings, including a 1-2-3 seventh to collect his first win of the season. He allowed a run on four hits, didn't walk a batter and punched out two.

Following Lazor's eighth inning insurance solo shot, Farina grabbed his first save with two ninth inning strikeouts. The junior right hander gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings and walked one.

Lafayette travels to Piscataway, N.J. to play a midweek contest against Rutgers on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Bucknell next weekend in a four-game series at Kamine Stadium.