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Kelleher Homers in 9-4 Loss to Army

April 14, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Army 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 9 9 0
 Lafayette 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 2

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Larimer - W (1-1)  3.2 5 2 2 0 2
 Schwartz - L (1-6) 3.0 4 6 3 2 2
 Batting AB R
 Kelleher 4 1 3 1 0 1
 Page 4 1 3 2 0 0

EASTON, Pa. - Scott Kelleher homered and Kevin Casey threw five strong innings of relief, but Army held on to its early lead and came away with an 9-4 win in Sunday's series finale. The Black Knights completed the four-game sweep after taking game one of the doubleheader, 8-4.

After scoring one run in each of the first two innings, Army (16-16, 7-5 Patriot) added to its 2-0 lead with a four-run third inning against Lafayette starter Toby Schwartz. Harold Earls and Jon Crucitti each walked to open the inning and would come around to score on an error, followed by a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Another error brought home Army's third run of the frame, before Jacob Page tripled to the wall in right center to make it 6-0.  A groundout ended the inning, and also Schwartz's afternoon. The lefty gave up six runs in three innings, three of which were earned, on four hits. He walked three and struck out two, before Casey took the mound for the Leopards.

Casey was greeted by Michael Sands' triple, but only allowed him to score in the fourth, prior to tossing a 1-2-3 fifth inning and a perfect sixth.

Lafayette began to crawl back in the game with runs in the fourth and fifth, started by leadoff base hits. Andrew Santomauro singled, stole second, and later scored on an RBI single by left-fielder Andrew Ruck. Casey doubled to start the fourth and was Lafayette's first run to score in the inning. He came home on Jackson Kramer's line drive through the hole on the right side before Thomas Dunleavy brought Campbell Lipe to the dish, bringing Lafayette within four runs at 7-3.

Julian Larimer, who pitched the seventh inning of game one, found his groove in the bottom of the sixth inning. Larimer twirled a flawless frame, getting a pair of flyouts and a groundout. Casey retired eight consecutive Army batters before Crucitti beat out an infield single with one away in the visitor's portion of the seventh. The senior struck out Justin Reece and Alex Jensen grounded to short to end the inning. Lairmer went 3.2 innings and gave up a pair of earned runs on five hits, while fanning two, before giving way to left-hander Patrick Gardner.

Kelleher brought the Leopards within three when he smoked Garnder's two-out 2-0 pitch over the wall in left field. The homer was Kelleher's second of the year and Lafayette entered the eighth trailing 7-4.

Right after Mark McCants singled to left, Page ripped a double to the gap in left-center field to regain Army's four-run advantage. Casey limited the damage there with a groundout and a strikeout. The bottom of the eighth was handled by Gunnar Carroll and he gave up one hit before Army added an insurance tally in the ninth. Carroll fired a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the sweep.

Lafayette returns to the field on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts Rutgers. First pitch from Kamine Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.