Leopards Close Out First Weekend of Season
Feb. 24, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Lafayette baseball team closed out its first weekend of play with 9-3 loss at Davidson on Sunday afternoon.
The Leopards trailed from the get-go. Andrew's Barna's two-out, two-run home run off Lafayette starter Michael Massa (5R, 2 ER, 4H, 3K, 4BB) put Davidson up 2-0 at the end of one.
The Wildcats (4-1) added three more in the third to take control of the game. A throwing error with two outs extended the inning and that allowed No. 5 hitter Lee Miller a chance at the plate. He connected for a three-run blast that put Davidson ahead 5-0.
The Leopards (0-3) made some noise in the top of the fourth. Kevin Casey got things going with a one-out single. Brad Hopek (2-for-2) did the rest of the work, scoring Casey with a two-run homer to trim the Davidson advantage to 5-2.
Robert Tatum took over for Massa to start the sixth and Davidson immediately pushed a across a pair of runs on hits by Daniel Gerow (double) and Ryan Lowe (single). Davidson led 7-2.
In the top of the eighth, Andrew Santomauro got things going for Lafayette. He wore a pitch for the team and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Andrew Ruck's one-out single to cut the deficit to 7-3.
In the Davidson eighth, the Wildcats put away the game with two runs off Casey, Lafayette's closer. Batting with two outs, Andrew Pope tripled home a run and later scored on Sam Foy's double to run the score to 9-3.
Davidson starter Danny Mooney earned the win, throwing five complete, allowing two runs on three hits, with seven strikeouts and a walk.
The Leopards are slated to open the home portion of their season on Tuesday when they host
La Salle at 3 p.m. at Kamine Stadium.