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Seniors Lead Lafayette to Victory over Manhattan

May 5, 2013

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

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
WP - Massa (3-6)  7.0 5 0 0 3 3
LP - Martin (1-5) 5.0 6 3 2 0 5
 Batting AB R
Casey 3 2 3 4 0 1
Ortega 3 0 2 0 1 0

EASTON, Pa. - Michael Massa twirled seven shutout innings and Kevin Casey hit a three-run homer as Lafayette defeated Manhattan 8-0 on Senior Day at Kamine Stadium. Derek Gussaroff polished off the win with a pair of scoreless frames out of the Leopards' bullpen.

Casey had three of Lafayette's eight hits and drive in four runs. Leadoff man Andrew Santomauro scored three runs and had two base knocks, while left-fielder Andrew Ruck added two hits.

Massa was sharp from the outset, using 10 pitches to get through the first inning before Ramon Ortega split the gap in left center with a standup double to open the second. Following a flyout to left, shortstop Jackson Kramer made a diving stop on a ball up the middle to get Brendan Slattery at first before the Jaspers stranded Ortega at third on Matt Troisi's foul out to third base.

After Massa's quick first inning, Lafayette took a 1-0 lead against Manhattan (21-25) left-hander Michael Martin. Casey was hit by a pitch with one out and three-hole hitter Ruck poked a triple down the right field line, scoring Casey from second after a wild pitch allowed him to advance. Martin settled in and got a strikeout and an unassisted groundout to first to strand Ruck at third.

The score held until the fifth as Massa received help from his defense on multiple occasions after the leadoff batter reached safely. In the third inning Parker Hills made a diving catch on a foul bunt attempt by Andrew Gorecki and then again in the fourth with a nifty 4-6-3 double play that included a shovel from Casey to Kramer on a ball hit toward the second base bag.

Leading 1-0 going into the home half of the fifth, Lafayette added to its lead when Casey launched a three-run shot over the fence in left-center field. Kramer's one-out double preceded Santomauro working a walk to set the table for Casey, who hit his second homer of the season on Martin's 1-2 offering, giving Lafayette a 4-0 cushion.

Massa ran into a bind in the top of the sixth when he walked two batters and hit another with two away in the inning. Facing Slattery, Massa quickly got ahead 0-2 before striking out the Manhattan catcher looking on a 2-2 pitch to leave the bases loaded.

Martin's day was complete as he was lifted for right-handed reliever Jared Hirschberg to start the bottom of the sixth. Martin surrendered four earned runs on four hits, while striking out three and walking one in a losing effort. Hirschberg went on to strike out the side in the inning.

Massa, who won his third game of the year, got out of the seventh by stranding two more Manhattan baserunners to finish his outing. The lefty scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings, struck out three and walked three others.

Lafayette added to its advantage with a run in the bottom of the seventh against Jaspers' reliever Kevin Bonanni. Santomauro's one-out walk started the rally before consecutive singles by Casey and Andrew Ruck loaded the bases for Scott Kelleher. The senior third baseman made it 5-0 by drawing a free pass and Manhattan went back to its bullpen for righty Chris Liquori. He induced Hills into a 5-2-3 double-play to end the inning and limit the damage at one run.

Gussaroff took the ball for Lafayette in relief and pitched a perfect eighth and ninth to seal the win. The Leopards added three insurance runs in their last at-bat when Santomauro drilled a two-run triple to the wall in right center and Casey singled him home in the next at bat.
Lafayette's senior class of Massa, Casey, Ruck, Kelleher, Gussaroff, Brad Hopek, Alex Osuchowski, and Thomas Dunleavy were honored prior to the game. Lafayette finishes its 2013 season with a 10-40 mark.