Lafayette Bats Come Alive in Game One Victory
May 3, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette set a season-high with 16 base hits and ran away with a 10-3 victory over North Carolina Central in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Kamine Stadium. Nine players recorded a hit, including five with at least two base knocks.
Matt Lawrence, Andrew Santomauro and Toby Schwartz led the way with three hits apiece, while Schwartz (three) and Alex Woinski (two) drove in multiple runners. From the leadoff spot, Santomauro scored three runs to tie a season-high and pace the Lafayette offense.
On the mound, Lafayette starter Mitch Leeds tossed six innings and allowed three runs, including two home runs, en route to his second consecutive win. The sophomore right hander struck out six and walked three others.
Leeds (2-4) worked around a leadoff single by Zack Lee in the top of the first inning by getting centerfielder Carols Ortiz to ground into a double play. The 4-6-3 twin killing was fielded by Jackson Kramer, who flipped to Andrew Landolfi and his toss to first base that was dug out by Schwartz.
Santomauro opened the game with a double and Kramer singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Woinski then laced an RBI single inside the third base bag to plate Santomauro. With men at first and third and two away, Parker Hills laid down a bunt along the third base line and the off-balance throw from Tyson Simpson was wide of first base as Lafayette (13-26) led 2-0.
Back-to-back doubles by Santomauro and Woinski extended Lafayette's lead to 4-0 in the home half of the second inning. Santomauro's second two-bagger chased home Lawrence from second base, who singled to start the inning. Schwartz was next in line and he delivered a single back through the box to add another run to Lafayette's total. Kyle Shields' afternoon was complete at that point as NC Central went to its bullpen with two away in the inning.
Dylan Beiland entered the contest and was greeted by third baseman Tyler Hudson, who doubled to the wall in left field. All six of Lafayette's runs were charged to Shields (3-4), who surrendered nine hits in 1 2/3 innings in a losing effort.
NC Central (17-27-1) threatened with consecutive two-out walks in the top of the third inning, but Leeds escaped trouble when Schwartz left his feet to snare a ground ball hit hard by Ortiz to first base. Both runners were stranded as Schwartz made the unassisted putout.
Already leading 6-0, Lafayette put up another crooked number in the third to secure a 9-0 advantage. Lafayette added three more runs in the third inning to go ahead 9-0. Singles by Lawrence, Santomauro and Kramer (RBI) set the table for Schwartz's two-run single to center.
Leeds worked a 1-2-3 fourth with two strikeouts, before NC Central got on the board with Eric Kimber's two-run homer to left in the fifth inning.
The Eagles sent Morris Jones to the bump in the bottom of the fourth frame and he pitched the final three innings in relief for the visitors. Jones allowed three hits and one run on the day, while fanning four and walking three. The lone run Morris surrendered was a fielder's choice off the bat of Brett Thompson in the fifth.
Ortiz's sixth-inning solo shot over the wall in right field completed the scoring prior to senior Robert Tatum throwing a scoreless inning to close out the win for Lafayette.
Junior Toby Schwartz made his first-career start for Lafayette at first base.
Lafayette registered at least 10 hits for the seventh time in 2014.
The Leopards scored in double digits for the second time this season.