Host Rutgers Holds Off Baseball
April 18, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A four-run seventh inning broke open a 3-3 tie as host Rutgers knocked off the Lafayette baseball team, 8-3, on Wednesday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. Tim Lazor had three hits and Scott Kelleher drove in a pair of runs for the Leopards.
With the loss, Lafayette falls to 10-27-1. The Scarlet Knights improve to 21-15.
Lazor, making his second career start at first base, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Kelleher's two-run double - the only extra-base knock of Lafayette's nine hits - was a part of a 2-for-4 day for the junior. Parker Hills had an RBI single, and Andrew Santomauro, Andrew Ruck and Bobby Fargnoli each added a base hit. Ruck also dropped down a sacrifice bunt that led to a Lafayette run.
Ben Meer took the loss on the mound to fall to 0-2. The sophomore right-hander allowed two earned runs on one hit and one walk in 1.1 frames of relief. Freshman Alex Farina started on the bump and worked the first four innings, ceding two earned runs on five hits and one walk. The right-hander struck out two batters.
Willie Beard registered a relief win for Rutgers, scattering four singles over the final three scoreless frames. Slater McCue started and was charged with three earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings.
Lafayette started the scoring with a two-out rally in the top of the first inning. Fargnoli walked to set the table with two down, and Lazor followed with a single. Kelleher cashed in on the RBI opportunity, driving in both runners with a double to put the Leopards on top, 2-0.
Farina avoided a big inning in the bottom of the second frame after Rutgers loaded the bases with none out. The Scarlet Knights managed only a pair of RBI groundouts, which was enough to tie the score at 2-2. The home team took the lead with another RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth to claim a 3-2 lead.
The Leopards responded in the top of the sixth inning. Lazor led off with his second single of the day and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. After a Kelleher ground out moved him to third, Hills delivered the two-out hit to bring Lazor around to score the equalizing run.
Rutgers regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh, tacking on four runs in the stanza to build a 7-3 advantage. The Scarlet Knights added an unearned tally in the bottom of the eighth to round out the 8-3 final.
The Leopards, who are in fourth place at 4-8 in the Patriot League, will resume the league slate over the weekend. Lafayette has all eight of its league home games left to play beginning with a four-game set against Navy on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.