Lafayette Pounds Out 23-7 Baseball Win Over Penn
April 19, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette scored 21 runs in the first four innings, then put it in cruise control the rest of the way in a 23-7 non-league baseball win over Penn on Tuesday.
The Leopards did most of the damage in the second and third, plating eight and six runs, respectively, in those two frames. They scored five times before Penn recorded an out in the third.
Junior Kevin Leasure had a career-best day at the plate, finishing 5-for-6 with two homers and three singles. He drove in a total of six runs and scored three times. After popping out in his first at-bat, Leasure rattled off hits in his next five at-bats. He hit a towering homer to left-center in the second, then wrapped his second four-bagger around the right-field pole in the fourth.
Twelve different players had at least one hit for Lafayette, including every starter except Ian Law. Law, however, reached base three times and had a sacrifice fly in the eight-run second.
Penn (11-21) scored twice in the first to take the early lead. Alex Blagojevich doubled home Nate Moffie and later scored on Bryan Graves' groundout.
The Leopards (14-19) took the lead for good with three in the bottom half. James Conrad scored Lafayette's first run on a passed ball, then Dave Drechsel's two-out double scored Law and Frank Cortazar.
Leasure's two-run homer and a two-run single by Rob Fioretti highlighted the eight-run second, while a pair of Penn errors served as catalysts in the third. Drechsel reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. Clint Losch then singled to left, and the bases cleared after the ball scooted through the legs of Penn's leftfielder and rolled to the fence.
The Leopards scored four runs in the fourth on a pair of two-run homers. Leasure's second of the game and Losch's first of the season stretched the hosts' lead to 21-4.
Cortazar finished 4-for-6 with four runs, while Conrad was 3-for-5 and scored twice in the win. Drechsel was 2-for-3 with three runs and drove in two, while Losch was 2-for-4, scored three and drove in three.
Blagojevich finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI for Penn.
Brian Cope earned the win on the mound. He allowed six earned runs on 10 hits over six innings and struck out five.
Lafayette is back in action tomorrow night, visiting St. Joseph's at 8 p.m.