Black Knights Top Lafayette, 8-4
April 14, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Four runs in the fifth inning helped Army take game one of Sunday's doubleheader and also secure a series win, as the Black Knights defeated Lafayette 8-4 at Kamine Stadium.
Lafayette (6-29, 3-8 Patriot) held a 4-2 lead after four innings, but failed to hold it, due in part to committing five errors on the day. Army (15-16, 6-5 Patriot) took advantage, scoring five unearned runs and rode starting pitcher Alex Robinett's winning performance. Robinett gave up seven hits and two earned runs, while fanning seven and walking one.
Lafayette's bats came to life in the second inning and exploded for four runs on the strength of four hits, including three doubles. Alex Osuchowski began the rally when he lined a one-out single to center field, before an error put runners at first and second. Parker Hills then delivered an RBI double inside the left-field chalk, before Campbell Lipe smoked a two-run double to right-center field. Two batters later, Andrew Santomauro stretched his RBI knock into a two-bagger and Lafayette held a 4-1 lead after two complete innings.
Two walks and a failed pickoff attempt positioned runners at first and third for the Army, which plated an unearned run in the first inning off Leopards' righty Mitch Leeds. After a leaping catch by Andrew Landolfi at shortstop kept the runners in place, the Black Knights took a run back on Patrick Mescher's deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in center field. The run made it 4-2 in favor of Lafayette to that point.
Army's Robinett settled down in the third after being roughed up in the second inning and stranded two runners to complete the frame. Leeds quickly got the first two outs of the top of the fourth before a free pass to Dakari Cooke and a single by Jon Crucitti, who advanced to second on the throw, set up two in scoring position for Harold Earls. The Leopards' starter won that battle, getting Earls swinging on an 0-2 pitch to leave two on base.
Back-to-back one-out hits by Mark McCants and Mescher got things going for Army in the fifth. Jacob Page followed with an infield single to shortstop before a fielding error and a throwing error by Landolfi allowed three runs to score on the play. Army took a 5-4 lead and Leeds exited the game and Alex Farina entered from the bullpen and was met by a base knock to left field by Andrew Johnson that made it 6-4. A 6-4-3 double play ended the inning and Farina kept the deficit at two runs.
Andrew Ruck's one-out double preceded a strikeout and a pinch-hit walk by Brad Hopek, before Casey reached safely to load the bases. Facing Hills, Robinett induced a fly ball to right to end the inning.
Army piled on two runs in the sixth to run its advantage to 8-4 and Robinette finished his complete outing by allowing one hit in the sixth inning. Cory Spera pitched a perfect seventh inning out of the Lafayette bullpen, before Julian Larimer closed the door in the seventh.
Fans can follow along during game two of the doubleheader on twitter @LafayetteBsbl, online by using Gametracker or by watching on GoLeopards.com/allaccess.