Leopard Baseball Comes Up Short To ESU, 6-3
May 2, 2003
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette baseball team could not get the bats going in its non-conference game on Friday afternoon at Metzgar Field. East Stroudsburg out-hit the Leopards 14-5 and claimed a 6-3 win in the process.
Both pitchers were sharp through the early innings of the nine-inning contest. East Stroudsburg drew first blood, scoring a run in the top of the fifth. Ryan Hatfield's squeeze bunt scored Ryan Murphy from third to give ESU a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Lafayette starter Marcus Ward gave up three straight singles to start the inning, with the final one coming from Joe Sobeski to drive in a run. Nick Farkas added a run-scoring double to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
East Stroudsburg starter Adam Swavely held the Leopards hitless through the first five and two-thirds innings. Jeff Rodgers smacked a ball to center with two outs to snap the Leopards' hitting drought.
In the top of the seventh, East Stroudsburg added two more runs to build its lead to 5-0. With runners on second and third and one out, Sobeski knocked a ball in front of rightfielder Adam Rosenberg to score two runs. Rosenberg cut down Sobeski trying to stretch his hit into extra bases for the second out of the inning, and Ward struck Farkas out to end the inning.
Lafayette finally managed to muster some offense in the bottom of the eighth, rallying for three runs. Pinch hitter Ted Kramer reached on an error to get the inning started. Rob Kulish then singled to put runners on first and second. A no-out walk to Rodgers loaded the bases and prompted East Stroudsburg to make a move to the bullpen.
Jay Grobelny came on to relieve Swavely and promptly gave up a two-run double to Rob Fioretti. With two runners in scoring position and just one out, Jason Boyd came to the plate and delivered with a sac fly to right to make it 5-3. Grobelny retired the next two batters to end the inning with a two-run lead intact.
In the ninth, East Stroudsburg (10-24-1) added an insurance run off reliever Peter Gagliano. Gagliano gave up a lead-off double to Jim Sohns who then stole third and scored on a sac fly to make the final 6-3.
Swavely (2-6) earned the win for East Stroudburg, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out six and walking four. Grobelny who came on with the tying run on deck in the eighth, earned his first save of the season, allowing one hit in two innings.
Ward took the loss, surrendering five runs on 12 hits over seven innings of work. He fanned eight and did not walk a batter. Peil Pennington pitched a scoreless eighth in relief for the Leopards.
Lafayette (12-23) returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Binghamton in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Lafayette's four seniors will be honored prior to the start of the first game.