Leopard Baseball Cranks Out 17 Hits in 16-5 Win at St. Peter's
April 16, 2003
The Leopards scored in all but the first and seventh innings and plated seven runs in the last two frames to seal the game.
Lafayette took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second. Jeff Rodgers drove in two runs with a single to right and Matt Skellan plated the third run with a sac fly. The visitors tacked on two more scores in the top of the third. Rodgers drove in his third run of the game with another single. The Leopards benefited from two St. Peter's errors in the inning.
The host Peacocks (3-19) scored four runs to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the third. Jesse Lewandowski (3-for-4) connected for a three-run home run to provide the bulk of the offense in the inning.
The Leopards slowly pulled away over the middle innings, scoring four runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth. Jason Boyd's fielder's choice put Lafayette up 6-5 in the fourth. Skellan plated a run in the fifth with an RBI-single, and Bucci added an infield single that scored two to give Lafayette a 9-5 lead.
Tripp Williams knocked in his first collegiate runs in the visitor eighth with a two-run single down the leftfield line.
The Leopards led 11-5 going into their final at-bat in which they tacked on five more runs. Williams and Skellan each collected two more RBI, and Bucci plated his fifth run of the game to make the final 16-5. The freshman duo of Skellan and Williams finished with four RBI apiece.
Lafayette's Tambellini held St. Peter's to just three hits over the final seven innings and only allowed just one runner in scoring position during that stretch. Tambellini fanned nine and did not walk a batter in the Leopards' first nine-inning complete-game performance of the season. Mike Lombardo was hit the loss for St. Peter's, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks.
Lafayette (10-13) returns to action on Saturday and Sunday when it travels to Navy for a four-game Patriot League series.