Feb. 22, 2013
Lafayette opens its 2013 season in Davidson, N.C. on Saturday with a double-header against Georgetown at 3 p.m., followed by a tilt with Davidson immediately after. The Leopards and Wildcats are scheduled to play again on Sunday at Noon. Links to live stats and video for Saturday's game with Davidson are in the box to the right.
The forecast for this weekend in Davidson, N.C. is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a high of 56 degrees, while it is supposed to be sunny with a zero percent chance of rain on Sunday and a high of 62 degrees.
The Hoyas come into the weekend at 0-2 after dropping their first two games to Wofford College, 6-5 in 10 innings, and UNC Asheville, 7-4. Georgetown is led by junior first baseman Steve Anderson, who is hitting 4-of-10 early on with a double and two RBI. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Busch leads the Hoyas with three RBI, three runs scored and has their only home run this season, while senior second baseman Danny Poplawski is batting .286 with two doubles and two runs scored.
The Wildcats have started the season as winners of two of their first three contests. Davidson defeated George Washington, twice before falling to NC Central, 3-1, this past Wednesday. Freshman Lee Miller has led the way at the plate for the Wildcats, hitting two home runs in his first three games. The Atlanta, Ga. native is hitting .600 with four RBI. Senior infielder Andrew Barna has five hits in his first 12 at bats this season, and junior outfielder Forrest Brandt leads the Wildcats with six RBI.
All-time against the Hoyas, the Leopards are 15-18 in a series that dates back to 1890. The last six meetings have been split 3-3 between the two schools. Against Davidson, the Leopards are 6-6, but have dropped their last three to the Wildcats, two in 2011 and one in 2009.
On the bump for the Leopards in the season opener will be sophomore southpaw Toby Schwartz. Schwartz made six starts and 17 appearances last season, posting a 3.59 ERA in 42.2 innings with 26 strikeouts. Georgetown will start sophomore Jack Vander Linden. The Dallas, Texas native started against Wofford throwing 4.2 innings, and struck out four in a no-decision.
Sophomore RHP Alex Farina will get the nod in the second game Saturday afternoon. Farina was 2-2 a season ago, making five starts and 14 appearances with 19 strikeouts and a 3.13 ERA. He will face Davidson RHP Ryan Lowe, who is 1-0 in his only start this season, after giving up two runs in six innings, while striking out four. On Sunday senior Michael Massa will make his first start of the season. The lefty missed last season with an injury, but has made 17 appearances and eight starts in his career. Massa will face Davidson righty Danny Mooney. Mooney is 0-1 this season, having given up two runs in three innings of work.
The Leopards were picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, after going 14-37-1 a season ago. Lafayette senior co-captain Kevin Casey garnered Preseason All-Patriot League honors at second base on the League’s inaugural preseason team. Casey hit .330 last season with 17 RBI.
The Leopards return to Easton Tuesday Feb. 26 for their home opener, as they take on La Salle at 3 p.m. at Kamine Stadium.
- 14 home games, including 3 Patriot League series
- Home Patriot League series with Lehigh, Holy Cross and Army
- Non-conference home games vs. La Salle, Penn, Seton Hall and Rutgers
- Other non-conference games vs. Georgetown, Davidson, Campbell, Rider, Maryland Eastern Shore, Temple, North Florida, Wagner, Monmouth, Manhattan
- Lafayette renews its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Easton, Pa. on March 30 and 31.
- Two opponents from 2012 NCAA Tourney (Army and Manhattan)
- First time opponents in Campbell, Maryland Eastern Shore and North Florida