'Pards Use 30 Hits to Power Past Bison in Saturday Doubleheader
April 14, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Lafayette continued its hold on first place in the Patriot League baseball standings by taking both games of a doubleheader at Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The Leopards supplied their starting pitching with 30 hits and 24 runs en route to 11-3 and 13-3 victories.
In the opener, Lafayette (19-12, 9-1) put up three runs in the top of the third inning. Tom Hayes and Mike Raible each drove in runs with RBI-singles. The Leopards added another on a wild pitch to lead 3-1.
Lafayette took control of the game with five runs in the fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate during the rally. Raible and Kevin Leasure plated runs with singles and Chris Luick tripled home two more as Lafayette took an 8-3 lead.
Lafayette tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning, scoring an unearned run on a throwing error and another on Hayes' RBI-single to put the final at 11-3.
For the game, five players had at least two hits and Raible, Luick and Hayes drove in two runs apiece.
Lafayette starter Ted Gjeldum (2-1) earned the mound victory with his second complete game of the season. The senior allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out a season-high seven batters while walking two. Matt Curry (3-5) took the loss, surrendering eight runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4.2 innings.
Game two was more of the same solid pitching and explosive offensive output for the Leopards in a 13-3 decision.
Lafayette batted around the order in the third and fourth innings to score 11 runs and put the game out of reach. In the third inning, Raible, Leasure, Luick, and Ryan Roberts all contributed RBI-singles. Lafayette added two more runs on a pair of Bucknell errors to lead 6-0. The Bison (13-16, 5-5) committed seven errors on the afternoon, including four in the night cap.
The Leopards loaded the bases to start the fourth frame. Luick drew a walk to begin the scoring and a passed ball handed Lafayette another run. Hayes and Roberts each singled home baserunners as Lafayette extended its lead to 11-0.
The runs provided plenty of support for senior southpaw Matt Kamine. Kamine struck out 10 batters for the second straight weekend start and earned the victory in the nine-inning game. He allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with one walk. It was Kamine's sixth complete game of the season and upped his record to 5-3. Nathan Mittag (0-4) was the loser, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits in three innings of work.
Hayes and Roberts each had three hits apiece in the victory. Roberts drove in three runs after getting the start in leftfield for Leasure who was in the DH spot for game two. James Conrad swiped his conference-leading 20th base of the season in the night cap and scored four runs on the afternoon.
Weather permitting, Lafayette and Bucknell will finish the four-game series on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon at Depew Field.