Navy Takes Two at Kamine Stadium
April 23, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette baseball team dropped a doubleheader to defending Patriot League champion Navy on Monday by scores of 10-2 and 4-1. Tim Lazor pounded three hits in the twin bill.
The Leopards now stand at 10-31-1 on the season and 4-12 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen improve to 7-9 in league action and 20-23 overall.
Lazor was 3-for-6 on the day, starting both games at designated hitter, while Brad Hopek roped a double and an RBI triple in the opener. Hopek also scored a run in game one. Andrew Santomauro was the only other Leopard with a multi-hit day, singling in each end of the double-dip and adding a stolen base.
Right-hander Jeff Snell made his first career start in the opener, allowing three earned runs in three innings to fall to 1-2. Ben Meer and Derek Gussaroff each fired two frames of relief to cap game one.
Connor Ortolf took the rubber in the nightcap, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out five batters in 5.2 innings of work. However, Ortolf (1-2) took the hard-luck loss, as he allowed a pair of solo home runs to give to Navy an early 2-0 which it would not relinquish. Chris Boyce and Sean McGrath finished the contest on the hill.
The Midshipmen scored in each of the first five innings of the opener as five unearned tallies created from three Lafayette errors fueled a 10-0 advantage. The Leopards got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Ruck was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out triple by Hopek. The Lafayette first baseman came home on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 10-2, but neither team would score in the final frame as Navy took the win.
Ben Nelson (2-3) went the distance for the visitors. He allowed two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Solo homers by Kash Manzelli and Greg Dupell put the Midshipmen on top in the nightcap, spotting Navy a 2-0 cushion that it would hold into the bottom of the seventh inning. Lazor led off the stanza with a single and, after Kelleher was robbed of a base-knock by Andrew Hahn in right field, Hills followed with a two-out hit. McCool delivered on the RBI chance with a single that plated Brett Thompson, who had replaced Lazor as a pinch runner.
Navy would add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning, however, and Joel Rinehart worked around a pair of walks with a scoreless bottom of the ninth to close the door on the sweep for the Midshipmen.
Anthony Parenti started and earned the win for Navy. Parenti (3-2) allowed four hits and walked two in five scoreless innings. The save for Rinehart was his third of the spring.
The Leopards travel to Long Island for a Wednesday outing before concluding the Patriot League regular season at Kamine Stadium with a four-game weekend set against Bucknell. Army and Holy Cross have clinched the top two seeds in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, while the remaining four teams are all in the hunt for the final two berths.