Lafayette Baseball Splits With Navy on Sunday
April 20, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Down 3-0 in the series with Navy on Sunday, the Lafayette baseball team rallied for a 7-5 comeback win in the series finale at Max Bishop Stadium. Navy, which occupies second place in the Patriot League standings, won the opener 4-3.
In game one on Sunday, the Leopards (11-16, 7-8 Patriot League) and the Mids battled through three scoreless innings. Lafayette got to Navy starter Matt Foster for two runs in the fourth inning. Jason Boyd led off with a single to right and moved to second on a sac bunt. Adam Bucci drove Boyd in with a two-out triple down the right field line. Freshman Ian Law's infield single plated Bucci to give the Leopards a 2-0 lead.
Navy (16-18, 10-6 Patriot League) tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning coming on RBI-singles by Brad Hager and Matt Lukevics.
In the home fifth, Navy's Pete Curnow reached on a fielding error and then stole second and third. Craig Candeto brought him home with a sacrifice fly to right off Lafayette starter Joe Saporetti to give Navy a 3-2 lead.
Lafayette re-knotted the game in the top of the sixth when Jeff Rodgers came home from third on a wild pitch by Foster.
Navy scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth on Lukevics' RBI-single that scored Farmer from third. Saporetti hit Farmer to put him on and he went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hager before Lukevics' third base hit of the game.
Lafayette had a final chance in the top of the seventh. The Leopards put runners on first and second with two outs, but Foster got Rob Fioretti to fly out for the final out.
Foster walked two and struck out five batters, while giving up three runs on five hits to improve to 4-3 overall. Saporetti (2-4) gave up four runs on nine hits.
In game two, Lafayette scored five runs off the Navy bullpen over the fourth and fifth innings to claim a 7-5 win.
The Leopards took a 2-1 lead in the visitor third off Navy starter Ryan Hefner to take the lead. Rodgers connected for an RBI-single and the Leopards scored a second run on the play that included a throwing error.
In the bottom of the third, the Navy offense scored three runs on five hits and was buoyed by three Leopard errors, as the Mids took a 4-2 lead.
Lafayette scored five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-4 margin. Rodgers and Law each drove in runs in the fourth. Law struck again in the fifth inning, plating Craig Alexander (2-for-3, two doubles) and Bucci.
Navy cut the Lafayette lead to 7-5 in the sixth with an RBI-single by Foster. With runners on first and second and two out, Leopard relief pitcher Hank Fichtner got Curnow to ground into a force out at third to end the inning.
Lafayette reliever Don Smith came in and threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits to pick up the win, while Fichtner earned his first save of the season. Navy relief pitcher Zach Poelma (1-2) entered for Hefner in the fourth but gave up two runs (one earned) on a pair of hits.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts St. Joseph's at 3:30 p.m.