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Rider Blanks Lafayette in Non-League Contest

May 1, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Rider 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 0
 Lafayette 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Taylor - W (2-0)  2.0 1 0 0 0 3
Farina - L (1-7) 4.0 6 3 2 0 5
 Batting AB R
Kelleher 4 0 1 0 0 0
Fazio 4 1 2 2 0 1

EASTON, Pa. – Rider used five different pitchers and held Lafayette to five hits in a 4-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.

The Broncs (27-17) were led offensively by Connor Luff’s 2-for-3 effort and Greg Fazio’s two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Following a scoreless opening frame, Rider got a pair of base hits and took advantage of a failed pickoff attempt by Leopards’ starting pitcher Alex Farina. With runners on the corners and two outs, Farina wheeled and fired to first, but his low throw got past first baseman Scott Kelleher, allowing Eric Strano to score from third. Farina kept Rider’s lead at 1-0 by getting James Locklear to ground out to Kevin Casey at second base.

Rider left-hander David Hafer retired the first six batters he faced in the Lafayette (9-38) lineup before Matt Lawrence tagged a 1-0 pitch to the warning track in left center for a standup double. A groundout to the right side by James McCool moved Lawrence to third with one away for Jackson Kramer, but he grounded out to third and Andrew Santomauro flew out to end the third inning.

Farina retired the side in order and struck out two batters looking in the process in the third inning, before having to work out of the stretch in the fourth after a single by Justin Thomas. Fazio then homered in the next at bat, giving Rider a 3-0 cushion. He worked around two baserunners to complete his outing, before giving way to Derek Gussaroff out of the bullpen.

Hafer’s afternoon was finished after four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Chris Taylor came on to strike out the side in the fifth, before Rider added a fourth run on Luff’s sacrifice fly with one out and the bases juiced. A walk loaded the bases again, but Gussaroff punched out Ian Lindsay to limit the damage.

Taylor’s first hit allowed was a two-out double to pinch hitter Tim Lazor, before Andrew Ruck popped up to end the sixth. Rider threatened with a man on third and one down in the top of the seventh, but Kelleher made an over the shoulder catch in foul territory and fired home to cut down Adam Wayman at the plate for the inning-ending double play.

Kelleher came back with a one-out double off the wall in the home half of the seventh to put baserunners at second and third against Eric Thomas, who came on in relief of Taylor. Thomas got Lawrence to strike out swinging for the second out, before McCool went down on strikes to leave two men on base.

Connor McMahon tossed two scoreless innings out of the Lafayette bullpen to close the game as Lafayette failed to capitalize on Andrew Landolfi’s pinch hit double to start the eighth. Sean Kuberiet pitched the ninth for Rider to secure the 4-0 victory.

Lafayette returns to action this weekend when it plays a three-game series against Manhattan. On Saturday, the Leopards play a doubleheader against the Jaspers in Riverdale, N.Y.  before returning home for Senior Day on Sunday for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at Kamine Stadium.