Leopards Travel to North Carolina for Weekend Series
Feb. 28, 2013
Lafayette hits the road again this weekend, as the Leopards travel to Buies Creek, N.C. for a three-game series with Campbell. The Leopards will play one game Friday afternoon and a doubleheader Saturday. Lafayette comes into the weekend at 0-3 with two losses to Davidson and one to Georgetown.
The Fighting Camels are off to a strong start at 7-1, with wins over Eastern Michigan, East Carolina, Duke and a four game sweep of Hartford. Their only loss was a 10-6 defeat to Eastern Michigan. Campbell is led by senior Nick Ray is first on the team in batting average (.417) and is tied for second in RBI with 8. Junior Elijah Trail leads the team in RBI with 10 early on and has one home run. The Bakersfield Calif. native is third on the team in batting average (.375) and second in runs scored (9).RHP Ryan Thompson handles the closing duties for the Fighting Camels. Thompson has a 1.50 ERA with two saves this season.
All Time Series This weekend series at Campbell will be the first between the Fighting Camels and the Leopards.
Sophomore southpaw Toby Schwartz will make his second start of the season in the first game of the series for the Leopards. Schwartz got the ball in the season opener against Georgetown, and allowed four runs in 5.0 innings and struck out five batters in a losing effort. The lefty made six starts and 17 appearances last season, posting a 3.59 ERA in 42.2 innings with 26 strikeouts. LHP Hector Cedano gets the nod Friday afternoon for the Fighting Camels. The junior is 1-1 this season with a 5.79 ERA and seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings of work.
On the hill Saturday at noon will be sophomore RHP Alex Farina for his second start of the season. The righty struck out two and gave up six earned runs in 4.0 innings, suffering a loss against Davidson. He will face Campbell LHP Matt Marksberry, who is 1-0 in two starts this year. The junior southpaw has posted a 1.64 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11.0 innings.
The Leopards will send senior Michael Massa to the mound in the final game of the series. The lefty is 0-1 in his only start, after giving up five runs in 5.0 innings and striking out three. Massa will face sophomore RHP Heath Bowers (1-0). Bowers will be making his second start and third appearance for Campbell and has a 2.70 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks in 6.2 innings of work.
The forecast for this weekend in Buies Creek, N.C. is partly cloudy with a high of 53 degrees Friday and mostly cloudy and a high of 53 degrees Saturday with a 10 percent chance of rain.
The Leopards return to action on Tuesday March 5, when they make the trip to Flemington, N.J. to take on Rider University. First pitch at Diamond Nation is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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.
- 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