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Leopards Drop Non-League Tilt at Monmouth

April 24, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Lafayette 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 11 2
 Monmouth 0 4 0 0 2 1 0 2 x 9 13 2

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Ciavarella - W (2-1)  7.0 8 3 2 1 4
 Gussaroff - L (0-4) 2.2 5 4 4 3 3
 Batting AB R
 Santomauro 5 0 4 4 0 0
 Perry 5 1 4 1 0 0

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth's Anthony Ciavarella tossed seven solid innings and the Hawks held on to hand Lafayette a 9-5 defeat on Wednesday afternoon at the MU Baseball Field. Lafayette was led offensively by Andrew Santomauro's 4-for-5 day at the plate.

Santomauro brought in four of Lafayette's runs on two doubles and a triple and James McCool went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the loss. Kyle Perry paced the Hawks' offensive efforts, registering four of Monmouth's 13 base hits.

The Leopards (7-35) got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning when Thomas Dunleavy led off with a double deep in the left-centerfield gap. Four batters later following a single by McCool, Santomauro smoked a double down the line in left to score Dunleavy and brought McCool to third. An error allowed McCool to score in the next at-bat before Monmouth (24-17) starter Anthony Ciavarella got Kevin Casey to groundout and end the inning.

Lafayette's starting pitcher Derek Gussaroff cruised through the first inning before escaping a bases-loaded jam in the second and running into trouble in the third. The Hawks batted around and plated four runs to take the lead and got things started with Steve Wilgus' leadoff triple. He scored Monmouth's first run with one out on a sacrifice fly to right before back-to-back doubles by Criag Sweeney and Perry brought home one run each. Gussaroff then walked Robbie Alessandrine with the bases loaded before Ryan Callanan came in from the bullpen to face Wilgus, who grounded out to first.

The score remained 4-2 in favor of the Hawks until the bottom of the fifth when Monmouth added two unearned runs and Callanan was lifted in favor of Cory Spera with two outs. Spera induced a fly ball down the right-field line to retire Jake Gronsky to end the inning with Monmouth ahead 6-2.

After Monmouth scored once in the bottom of the sixth, the Leopards got a run back in the seventh when Santomauro doubled, chasing home McCool, who started the frame with a double of his own. Ciavarella's day was complete after seven innings and he surrendered three runs, two earned, while striking out four and walking one.

From there Monmouth added two eighth inning runs off Ari Kaufman and Santomauro tripled off Stephen Frey to clear the bases with one out in the ninth. Andrew Ruck and Casey each grounded out to end the ballgame with Santomauro standing on third.

Lafayette returns to the diamond on Saturday for its final Patriot League series of the regular season when it plays Bucknell. First pitch of the doubleheader from Lewisburg, Pa. is set for 12 p.m. and can be seen live online at