Davila Goes 5-for-5 in Win at LIU Brooklyn
April 25, 2012
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Lafayette baseball team gained some momentum heading into this weekend's crucial Patriot League series against Bucknell, knocking off host LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, 8-6. Brian Davila was 5-for-5 in the non-league outing.
With the win, Lafayette improves to 11-31-1 on the season. The Blackbirds now stand at 16-27.
Davila recorded the Leopards' first five-hit game of the season and the team's first 5-for-5 day since Matt Fenster '11 was perfect in five trips to the dish against Monmouth on April 7, 2010. Davila also scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base.
Bobby Fargnoli went 3-for-6 with three runs batted in. The senior co-captain of the Leopards tripled, scored a run and stole a base. Matt Lerner hit his first collegiate home run as a part of a two-RBI afternoon, while Thomas Dunleavy and Parker Hills each knocked in one run.
Dunleavy, Hills, Tim Lazor and Eric Anderson each singled to round out Lafayette's eight-hit attack. Andrew Santomauro reached three times without a base-hit - walking twice and getting hit by a pitch en route to scoring two runs in addition to a successful sacrifice bunt. Brian Sullivan also worked a pair of walks and dropped down a bunt to move a runner into scoring position.
Right-hander Alex Farina started on the mound and earned his first career win. The freshman logged the first three innings of a scheduled "staff day", scattering five hits and two walks and allowing just one earned run. Farina (1-2) struck out one batter.
Southpaw Toby Schwartz posted two zeroes out of the bullpen, and right-hander Chris Boyce struck out three batters in two frames of no-hit, no-walk relief to record his first career save.
Lafayette started the scoring without a hit in the top of the first inning. Four walks, two passed balls and a Fargnoli stolen base accounted for the Leopards' baserunners, while Lerner's bases-loaded base-on-balls and a sacrifice fly from Hills spotted the visitors a quick 2-0 advantage.
The Leopards added to the margin in the second, started up by Davila's first base-knock of the game. He moved into scoring position on a Santomauro sacrifice bunt and took third on Dunleavy's long fly-out before coming home on a two-out hit by Farngoli.
The 3-0 cushion grew to 7-0 courtesy of four runs in the third stanza. Hills led off with a single and, after Sullivan dropped down a sac bunt, Anderson singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Davila stayed hot with an RBI single and Dunleavy followed with a run-scoring hit. The inning was capped off by Fargnoli driving home two runs.
The Blackbirds climbed back with three runs (one earned) in the third inning, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth to cut the deficit to just one run at 7-6.
But Lerner would lead off the bottom of the sixth frame with a roundtripper to extend the lead back to 8-6, and Schwartz and Boyce shut out LIU Brooklyn to rest of the way to wrap up the victory.
Rafael Guerrero started on the bump for the Blackbirds and took the loss to fall to 0-3. In his lone inning of work, he allowed two earned runs on no hits and four walks.
The Patriot League regular season concludes at Kamine Stadium this weekend with a four-game set against Bucknell. Army and Holy Cross have clinched the top seeds in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, while the remaining four teams are all in the hunt for the final two berths.