April 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Mitch Leeds did all he could to pitch Lafayette to victory, twirling eight innings of shutout ball, but Navy outlasted the Leopards 1-0 in nine innings on Sunday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. The Mids followed the walk-off win with a 7-2 triumph to clinch the series victory and a sweep of the doubleheader.
Leeds and Navy's Anthony Parenti went toe-to-toe and each hung up zeros through eight innings of the opener, which was originally scheduled for seven innings, and sent the two sides to extra innings for the third straight game. Lafayette's freshman right-hander was tremendous all afternoon and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before giving up three hits in the longest outing of his career. Leeds also struck out three and walked three in the no-decision. Parentti was equally as impressive, logging 8.1 innings and scattering six hits, while striking out eight and walking three.
Each team had its chances to break the deadlock before the ninth as Navy (23-20, 9-7 Patriot) threatened in the third and Lafayette (7-34, 4-12 Patriot) left runners in scoring position in three different innings. Following a strikeout and wild pitch before a pair of walks, Navy loaded the bases for Dave Milanes with two down in the third. Milanes ran the count to 3-2 prior to connecting on a pitch that was hit right at Andrew Santomauro in centerfield, where the threat ended.
Lafayette's best opportunity to score came in the fifth inning when Thomas Dunleavy and Zach Gross each walked in consecutive at bats to put runners on first and second with one out. They were stranded there, however, as Parenti got ahead of Jackson Kramer and Andrew Santomauro and struck out each swinging.
Kash Manzelli broke up Leeds' no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth when he shot a 1-2 pitch back through the middle for Navy's first hit. Leeds was unaffected by the base hit, as he got Greg Dupell to fly out and continued to keep the game scoreless through his eight innings of work.
Parenti attempted to complete nine innings, but was lifted for Brad Borosak with one away in the inning after Kevin Casey found the hole on the left side on a 3-2 offering. Borosak did his job, getting Parker Hills to ground into the inning ending double play. From there it was Ari Kaufman out of the Lafayette pen, who gave up a single to Dupell to begin the home half of the ninth. Three batters later, after a sac bunt and a popup, Craig Veech ripped the game-winning hit into centerfield to score Dupell, who left on the crack of the bat.
Game two started off in a positive fashion for Lafayette when Santomauro doubled to start the game and later scored on a groundout by Scott Kelleher, giving the Leopards a 1-0 lead against Navy starter Luke Gillingham.
Navy came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead, and never trailed from that point. Manzelli started the second with a triple and scored before an RBI groundout by Robert Currie put the Midshipmen ahead 2-1. Currie helped Navy score again in the fourth with his second productive groundout, scoring Veech and Navy took a 3-1 cushion into the sixth inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Hills and Campbell Lipe trimmed the deficit to one run for Lafayette and starting pitcher Toby Schwartz kept the Leopards in the ballgame before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Dupell, who plated two runs with an RBI single to left. A sacrifice fly added another run and a fourth single of the inning ended Schwartz's day. Corey Spera came into the game and got the next two hitters out, but allowed another run to score in the process on two wild pitches.
The 7-2 advantage proved to be enough as Sam Sorenson threw the final two innings in relief of Gillingham to preserve the victory. Gillingham allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings, while fanning three and walking three others in the win. Schwartz was saddled with the loss and was charged with seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits. Offensively, Lafayette was paced by Andrew Ruck who combined to go 5-for-7 from the plate in the doubleheader.
The Leopards return to action on Wednesday when they travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to face Monmouth. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.