Lafayette Baseball Closes Out Season With 10-6 Win over Albany
May 7, 2003
ALBANY, N.Y. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette used a grand slam from Adam Rosenberg, two home runs from Jason Boyd and a solo homer from Craig Alexander to post a 10-6 win at Albany in the Leopards' season finale on Wednesday.
In the second inning, Lafayette hung a six spot on Albany starter Nick Murphy. Craig Alexander got the inning going with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to left center. Seniors Russ Giglio and Matt Tambellini, playing in their final collegiate games, had back-to-back singles that left runners on first and third. Ted Kramer's bunt single on a squeeze play scored Giglio to make it 2-0. A fourth single in the inning by All-Patriot League First-Team honoree Jeff Rodgers loaded the bases for fellow first-teamer Rosenberg. Rosenberg belted a grand slam to right center to give the Leopards a 6-0 lead.
Albany answered back with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning that scored on two straight errors by Kramer.
In the top of the fourth, the Leopards left Albany with little chance for a comeback, scoring three more runs to stake themselves to a 9-1 lead. Rosenberg drove in his fifth run of the day with a double down the left field line. Boyd scored Rosenberg and knocked in himself in the process with a two-run shot.
In the bottom half of the inning, Albany got to Lafayette starter MarcusWard for three runs to cut the lead to 9-4. A two-run double by Fred Estes and a sac fly from Brad Daniels accounted for the Great Danes' runs.
Albany added a run in the fifth and sixth, but Boyd's second home run of the game and sixth of the season left the final at 10-6.
Lafayette relievers Don Smith and Brandon Ripley shut down the Albany offense in the final two and one-third innings. The duo allowed just one hit to the 12 batters they faced. Ward (4-3) earned the win for the Leopards, allowing five runs (3 earned) on six hits over five innings. Ward fanned six and walked one. Murphy (1-1) took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits.
Lafayette, which won four of its last five games, finishes the season with a 16-24 record.