Leopard Baseball Tops St. Joseph's 11-4 on Tuesday
April 22, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette scored seven runs over the first three innings to roll to an 11-4 win over St. Joseph's on Tuesday in non-conference baseball action at Metzgar Field.
St. Joseph's struck for an unearned run in the first. Mike Walls reached on a two-out error. John Kokol's single continued the mini rally and left runners at first and third. Walls came home when Lafayette catcher Matt Skellan threw down to second base to cut down Kokol who was attempting to steal. Walls scored before the Lafayette defense could tag out Kokol.
Lafayette wasted no time rebounding from its 1-0 deficit, as the Leopards cranked out four runs in the home half of the first. Rosenberg, who leads the Patriot League with a .388 batting average, plated the first run of the inning with an RBI-groundout with runners on first and second. Craig Alexander knocked in the go-ahead run with a single to right. With runners on first and second, Ian Law sent a ball screaming up the middle of the infield to score a run. Lafayette took a 4-1 advantage on the same play when the St. Joseph's centerfielder let the ball slide past his glove and allowed Alexander to come home all the way from first.
A Ryan Stadanlick solo home run in the top of the second cut the Lafayette lead to 4-2.
The Leopards seized control of the game in the bottom of the third. Boyd led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season. Alexander and Eric Vacca each drove in runs later in the inning to give Lafayette a 7-2 lead.
Lafayette starter Matt Tambellini cruised through the fourth and fifth innings. St. Joseph's got to him for two runs in the top of the sixth. With a runner aboard, Bill McCollum tripled off the centerfield wall. Lafayette centerfielder Boyd dove for the ball on the play and hit the fence head first. He was shaken up, but remained in the game. Walls kept the inning going with a single to score McCollum and make it 7-4.
Tambellini sent the next three St. Joseph's batters down in order with Boyd making the final out of the inning on a diving stop in centerfield. Tambellini (2-1) threw six complete innings in the win. He struck out five and allowed four runs on five hits.
The Leopards tacked on four runs in their final two at-bats. Boyd, who led off the seventh with a double to right, scored on Rosenberg's single up the middle to make it 8-4. Lafayette tacked on three more runs in the eighth. Boyd and Rosenberg were the impetus again, as Boyd drove in two runs with a double to left center and Rosenberg one with his third home run of the season.
Brandon Ripley and Paul Fischetti threw three innings of scoreless relief for the Leopards. Neither surrendered a St. Joseph's hit. Ripley threw the seventh and eighth and Fischetti came on in the ninth to close out the 11-4 win.
Jason Volker was hit the loss for the Hawks (12-23). He allowed eight runs (7 earned) on 12 hits over six innings. Ryan Hoagey threw the final two innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three strikeouts.
Lafayette returns to Patriot League action on Saturday and Sunday at Bucknell. The third-place Leopards, who currently occupy the third and final spot for the Patriot League Tournament, will play a four-game series against the first-place Bison.