April 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Andrew Santomauro's 10th inning double to left field gave Lafayette a 7-6 lead and Ari Kaufman nailed down the save as Lafayette defeated Navy by that final in game two of Saturday's doubleheader. Game one also lasted 10 innings as Navy came away with a 4-3 win.
Santomauro led Lafayette (7-32, 4-10 Patriot) with four of the team's 15 hits and had two runs batted in from the leadoff spot. Kaufman earned the first save of his career after the Mids stormed back for two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Down 2-0 in game two after Navy (21-20, 7-7) quickly put two on the board in the first inning against Leopards' starter Connor Ortolf, Lafayette's offense exploded for four runs in the top of the second inning. The Leopards loaded the bases with three consecutive walks before Scott Kelleher delivered an RBI single to left field. Freshman shortstop Jackson Kramer stepped to the plate and he came through with a two-run hit to left center before Santomauro made it 4-2 with a RBI hit to left.
Following a scoreless third inning thanks to Ortolf and Navy's Johnny Schoberl, Lafayette added to its lead in the fourth. Schoberl got the first out of the inning on a groundout prior to Santomauro's base knock and his advance to third on an error and a wild pitch. Thomas Dunleavy singled to score him and Campbell Lipe singled to third to end Schoberl's outing as he was taken out in favor of Stephen Geiss. Geiss did his job, getting Parker Hills to ground into a double play, and ended up pitching 5.2 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen.
Trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Midshipmen began to stage their comeback. Kash Manzelli singled to start the rally after Ortolf got the first out of the inning on a groundout. A single, walk and strikeout loaded the bases for Robert Currie, who singled to first base and Navy scored two runs on the play to make it 6-4.
The Leopards maintained that advantage going into the final inning after Derek Gussaroff threw scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh and eighth. A single followed by a pop up and a walk brought Alex Farina in from the pen to try to save the game for Lafayette. He punched out Currie looking before allowing a two-run double to left field by Jonathan Huggins. The two-bagger tied the game prior to Santomauro's extra-inning heroics.
In game one, Navy pushed across the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dave Milanes laced a two-out single to left center, scoring Currie, who led off the inning with a base hit. The lead was short-lived, however, as Lafayette plated three runs in the top of the fourth inning.
The three-run fourth came after Lafayette loaded the bases with one away following Scott Kelleher reaching safely on a fielder's choice, Alex Osuchowski taking first on an error and a walk to Casey. Facing Parker Hills, Navy's Stephen Moore gave up a bunt single to the Leopards' catcher that scored Kelleher before Campbell Lipe brought home a pair of runs when he hit a two-run single through the left side. Moore earned a no-decision in seven innings of four-hit ball, while giving up three runs.
Lafayette led 3-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Midshipmen took a run back on Greg Dupell's RBI double down the right field line. Trailing 3-2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Navy's Brandon Beans singled and Brad Borosak walked to put runners on first and second and finished Lafayette starter Michael Massa's afternoon. Casey moved over from second base to get the final two outs of the game, but after he got the second out on a fielder's choice groundout, Manzelli's RBI single tied the game at 3-3. Massa tossed 6.2 frames of three-run, four-hit ball in a no-decision.
Casey and Navy's Joel Rinehart each kept the game deadlocked at 3-3 until the bottom of the tenth when Navy had a man on second with two down. An error at third base allowed Connor Deneen to score the game's winning run on Currie's batted ball to the hot corner. Neither Rinehart, who earned the win or Casey were charged with an earned run as each limited the opposing offense to just two hits.
The two sides return to action on Sunday when they play the final two games of a doubleheader. First pitch from Max Bishop Stadium is set for 1 p.m. in a nationally-televised tilt on CBS Sports Network.