March 26, 2013
Lafayette hosts Seton Hall on Tuesday afternoon with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. and will also host Penn in the Liberty Bell Classic on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Leopards come into the week at 3-17 overall after going 1-3 in a four-game weekend series with Penn.
Last Time Out
The Leopards won the final game of a home and home series with Penn, 8-6, after dropping two on College Hill and the first of their doubleheader in Philadelphia. Senior Andrew Ruck powered the Leopards offense with two runs and two hits and classmate Alex Osuchowski drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 10th inning that plated the go-ahead run. Sophomore left hander Toby Schwartz threw three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.
Seton Hall Preview
The Pirates are 8-12 overall with wins over Pepperdine, Manhattan, Massachusetts and Notre Dame. Senior Giuseppe Papaccio leads Seton Hall with 26 hits, eight doubles and is batting .333. Sophomore Sal Annunziata has a team-high 13 runs batted in and four home runs. Junior Zack Granite is batting .321 and is first on the team with 20 runs scored.
The Quakers enter the Liberty Bell Classic at 12-7 overall with wins over William & Mary, Duke, Winthrop, Towson, George Washington and Lafayette. Senior Ryan Deitrich leads the Quakers with 30 hits and a .429 batting average. Freshman Michael Vilardo has a team-high 19 runs batted in and 11 doubles. Sophomore Joey Greco leads the Quakers with two home runs and is tied second on the team with 12 RBI.
The Pirates are 35-18 all-time against the Leopards, while the Quakers hold a 57-48 advantage in a series that dates back to 1873.
The forecast for Tuesday afternoon will be partly cloudy on College Hill with a high of 49 degrees and a ten percent chance of rain. Wednesday’s forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 47 degrees and a ten percent chance of rain.
Lafayette senior second baseman Kevin Casey was honorable mention in Patriot League Player of the Week voting on March 12. The senior had five hits in 14 at bats for the week, scoring a team-high seven runs. Casey had two doubles and two runs batted in to go along with six walks, leading the Leopards to their first two wins of the season. The senior leads the team in runs scored (18) and is tied for the team lead with 22 hits.
The Leopards will renew their rivalry with Lehigh March 30 and 31 with a four-game series at Kamine Stadium.
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