Gentile's Gem Squandered, Baseball Drops Pair at Army
April 14, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Lafayette's John Gentile and Army's Chris Rowley traded zeroes in Saturday's series opener at West Point, but an unearned run was the difference as the Black Knights took the first game, 1-0, en route to a doubleheader sweep. The home team claimed game two by a score of 4-2.
After the sweep, the Leopards stand at 10-24-1 on the season and 4-6 in the Patriot League. Army remains perfect at 10-0 in league play and improves to 26-9 overall.
Gentile (0-8) fired 6.2 innings in a complete-game performance. The senior right-hander ceded just two hits and one unearned run while being saddled with the hard-luck loss. He did not allow a hit after the third inning, striking out four batters with two walks. Gentile has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five starts.
Lafayette's offensive output was the best by a Patriot League team this season against Army's right-hander Rowley (8-0), who had previously allowed only four total singles in complete-game shutouts of Navy and Lehigh, respectively. The Black Knights' ace struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk.
The lone run came in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, though the only movement by the Black Knights' offense was via a pair of errors. Cody Murtle reached on a one-out error and, with two outs in the frame, came all the way around to score the game-winner when Alex Jensen reached safely on another throwing miscue.
The game-one loss was Lafayette's first 1-0 contest since Kevin Reese '08 twirled a six-hit blanking of Bucknell on April 5, 2008.
Another solid effort on the hill resulted in a loss in the nightcap. Ethan Perro fell to 1-4 after allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. The right-hander struck out five batters and hit four.
Chris Boyce fired an inning of relief in game two, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk. Boyce struck out two batters and committed a balk. Jack Rems posted a zero over the final 1.1 frames, ceding one hit and issuing a walk.
Casey had two more hits in the second game to improve his team-high batting average to .322, while Fargnoli's second-inning base-hit bumped his average over the last six games to .481. McCarville also hit safely in both ends of the twin bill, singling in the seventh inning and coming around to score Lafayette's first run of the day. Brian Davila hit the double that plated McCarville and later scored a run on an Andrew Santomauro RBI groundout. The Leopards' shortstop also dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt.
Nick Dignacco started and earned win for the Black Knights to move to 4-2. Dignaccio scattered two earned runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter in 6.1 frames. The southpaw struck out eight Leopards before giving way to Gunnar Carroll, who retired all eight batters he faced to register his fourth save.
The Black Knights started the scoring in the first inning with an unearned tally and posted their first RBI of the double-dip on a sacrifice fly in the second. A bases-loaded walk plated another run in the sixth before the Leopards broke through in the top of the seventh.
McCarville hit a one-out single to start up the offense and came all the way around to score on Davila's RBI double that chased Dignacco from the game. Davila moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on Santomauro's RBI groundball.
Army added an unearned insurance run in the eighth inning to round out the scoring as Carroll closed out the 4-2 decision.
The two clubs will be back in action tomorrow for another twin bill from Doubleday Field beginning at 1 p.m. The Leopards are tied for third place with Bucknell at the midway point of the 20-game Patriot League schedule. Lafayette still has all eight of its home games left to play as the league slate concludes with four-game sets at Kamine Stadium against Navy and Bucknell.