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Leopards Sweep Binghamton on Senior Day at Metzgar

May 3, 2003

Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)

EASTON, Pa. ( - Lafayette received two complete-game performances from its senior starting pitchers en route to a sweep of Binghamton on Saturday in non-conference baseball action at Metzgar Field. Senior James Duer struck out a career-high 10 batters to give Lafayette a 5-3 victory in game one. Senior Joe Saporetti struck out four and gave up just one earned run in a 6-2 win in game two.

Prior to the game, Duer, Saporetti, and fellow seniors Matt Tambellini and Russ Giglio, along with their parents, were recognized in a ceremony.

In game one on Saturday, Tony Berube wasted no time getting Binghamton on the scoreboard. He took Duer's first offering and smacked it over the left field wall to put the Bearcats up 1-0.

Lafayette drew its first blood in the bottom of the second inning. Rob Fioretti connected for a two-out, bases-loaded single that scored two runs and gave Lafayette a 2-1 lead.

Back-to-back home runs by Adam Rosenberg and Adam Bucci gave Lafayette a 4-1 advantage in the third. Rosenberg knocked out a 3-2 pitch to left with two outs. Adam Bucci (3-for-3) drove the next pitch deep over the right field fence.

Binghamton answered back with a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. With runners on first and second and no outs, Joe Costello hit a potential double play ball to the shortstop. The Leopards got the out at second but the throw to first was wide and allowed Justin Smucker to score from third. In the fifth, Tom Cummings hit a solo home run to bring Binghamton with one, 4-3.



The Leopards added a crucial run in the top of the sixth inning. Giglio led off with a walk and prompted the Binghamton coach to pull starter Johnmin Hickey in favor of Josh Fuerst. Ted Kramer (2-for-2) was the first batter he faced, and Kramer battled for a 3-2 single to left. Fuerst retired the next two batters, which brought pinch hitter Sean Lesser to the plate. He then walked to load the bases. Jason Boyd came to the plate and hit a slow roller to the third baseman who missed the ball and allowed Giglio to score from third. The shortstop was backing up on the play and tagged Kramer out at third to end the inning after Karmer had rounded the base.

In the Binghamton seventh, the Bearcats were able to get two runners aboard with two outs in the inning, but Duer ended the game by enticing Smucker to ground out to second.

In the final start of his career, Duer (2-4) threw his third complete game of the season. He struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over seven innings. Hickey (1-4) took the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits over five innings.

Game two was more of the same strong pitching for Lafayette. The Leopards scored five runs in the bottom of the first and let Saporetti do the rest of the work on the hill for the 6-2 win.

The game started off much the same way as the first game, with Binghamton scoring a run in its first at-bat. This time, Jay Balback doubled in Smucker who had reached on a single.

In the bottom of the inning, the Leopards sent 11 batters to the plate on their way to scoring five runs. Bucci's RBI-single tied the game at one. The next batter, Giglio, put the Leopards ahead with a two-run double over the leftfielder's head. Lafayette added two more on an RBI-single by Craig Alexander and a bases-loaded walked from Kramer to make it 5-1. The inning ended with the bases still loaded when Rosenberg sent a ball deep to left that was caught at the wall.

Lafayette gave up an unearned run in the top of the fifth. John Hark led off with a single to center, but the ball hopped past Rob Fioretti and rolled to the wall to allow Hark to move all the way to third base. Hark scored on an RBI groundout by Caputo.

In the bottom of the inning, the Leopards took that run back. Matt Tambellini was hit by a pitch with one out in the inning, bringing Alexander to the batter's box. With Tambellini running on the play, Alexander scorched a double to the gap in right center to score Tambellini and leave the final at 6-2.

Saporetti (3-5) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits over seven innings. The senior struck out four in his final collegiate start. Tom Gaube (0-5) threw four and a third innings. He gave up six runs on six hits, walked six and struck out three in the loss.

Lafayette returns to action tomorrow when its travels to Binghamton for a Sunday twin-bill beginning at noon.