Pards Outslugged in Mid-Week Baseball Game vs. Monmouth
April 15, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Monmouth used 20 hits, including four home runs, to beat Lafayette 15-6 in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday at a windy Metzgar Field.
It was a one-run ball game through the first three innings of the contest. Lafayette led 2-1 at the end of the second, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on RBI-singles from Jeff Rodgers and Eric Vacca.
Monmouth (9-16) began an offensive tear over the next two innings. The Hawks scored three runs in the top of the third, the first coming home on a Nick Massari double and the final two on Frank Pillitowski's two-run homer deep over the centerfield wall.
Monmouth broke open the game in the top of the fourth with a five-run rally. Marc Weres and Lance Koenig each went yard in the inning, with Koenig's homer bringing in two runs. The Hawks added another pair of runs on an infield single by Mike St. Martine that came with the bases loaded. Monmouth led 9-3.
Adam Rosenberg's two-run home run in the fifth inning cut the Monmouth margin to five, 10-5. Monmouth, however, added a run in the sixth and four more in the seventh to lead 15-5. St. Martine's three-run home run did the majority of the damage in the seventh. He drove in five runs on the day.
Boyd drove in his second run of the game in the home half of the seventh inning to make the final 15-6.
Lafayette starter Brandon Ripley (0-2), who threw three innings, was hit with the loss. He gave up six runs on eight hits. Freshman Peil Pennington threw two innings of scoreless relief for the Leopards, allowing just one hit in his second appearance of the season.
Monmouth starter Glen Keeton (1-2) surrendered five runs (four earned) on nine hits. He struck out four and walked none over six innings for the win.
Lafayette (9-13) returns to action tomorrow at St. Peter's for a non-league game beginning at 3:30 p.m.