Baseball Travels to West Point for Weekend Series
April 4, 2014
Lafayette travels to West Point, N.Y. to face Army in a four-game set over the weekend. The two squads will play a pair of doubleheaders with the first two games scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and two games slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The weather forecast for the weekend in New York calls for mostly sunny conditions on both days with little chance of rain. A high of 54 is expected on Saturday and a high of 61 is called for on Sunday.
The Black Knights enter the weekend 16-9 overall and are coming off a win over non-conference opponent FDU on Tuesday. Freshman Kris Lindner leads Army in batting average, coming in hitting at a .357 clip. He has collected 15 hits in 15 games played. Jon Crucitti is batting .344 on the season and leads the team with 32 hits, 24 runs scored and three triples. Jacob Page and Patrick Mescher have both driven in a team-high 18 runs. On the hill, Nick Dignacco and Gunnar Carroll are each 4-1 on the season with sub-2.00 ERAs. Dignacco sports a 1.91 earned-run average in 42.1 innings of work and has held opposing hitters to a .218 average. Carroll has pitched to a 1.96 ERA in a team-high 46 innings on the bump.
Army leads the all-time series, 72-59-2, which dates back to 1896. The Black Knights swept the Leopards a season ago.
LHP Connor Ortolf (2-3, 2.50 ERA) vs. LHP Nick Dignacco (4-1, 1.91 ERA)
RHP Mitch Leeds (0-2, 4.63 ERA) vs. RHP Gunnar Carroll (4-1, 1.96 ERA)
RHP David Bednar (1-1, 0.87 ERA) vs. RHP Alex Robinett (2-2, 2.36 ERA)
TBA vs. TBA
AT THE PLATE
Jackson Kramer tops the Maroon & White offense, batting at a .385 average. He has recorded 10 hits in 11 games played. Andrew Santomauro is currently in the midst of a six-game hitting streak and has seen his average rise from .224 to .250 during the span. He has recorded a team-high 19 base knocks and blasted his first home run of the season last weekend against Holy Cross. He and Parker Hills are tied for the team lead with five multi-hit games.
ON THE MOUND
Freshman David Bednar has pitched a team-low 0.87 earned run average in his first four career starts. he has allowed eight hits in 20.2 innings pitched and has held opponents to a .116 batting average. Connor Ortolf has completed a team-best 39.2 innings of work. He is 2-3 on the year with a 2.50 ERA and is holding opponents to a .219 batting average against. Cory Spera sports a 0.90 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen and has picked up two wins for the Leopards.
Three Lafayette players have been recognized by the Patriot League this season. Sophomore righty Mitch Leeds was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on March 4 after he threw 6.2 scoreless innings in a 10 inning, 1-0 loss at George Washington. Senior left-hander Connor Ortolf claimed the same honor on March 11 after he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the series opener at Fairleigh Dickinson. In the final game of the series against FDU, David Bednar fanned five and walked one when he tossed 60 pitches in five shutout frames in his first career start to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
Centerfielder Andrew Santomauro, left-handed pitcher Connor Ortolf, and right-hander Cory Spera were tabbed as team captains for 2014. Santomauro started all 49 outings for the Leopards last season, batting .258 with 11 doubles and five triples. Ortolf was 1-5 in 10 starts last season. He was responsible for 35 runs over 55.0 innings, a 5.73 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and 28 walks. Spera made 14 appearances in relief last season registering 15 earned runs, 12 strikeouts, and seven walks over 22.1 innings pitched.
The Leopards return home to host Villanova in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 3:30 p.m. Lafayette will resume Patriot League play next weekend with a four-game series against Navy.
- 14 home games, including 2 Patriot League series
- Home Patriot League series with Navy and Bucknell
- Non-conference home games vs. Penn, Villanova, Monmouth, North Carolina Central
- Other non-conference games vs. VMI, George Washington, Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson, VCU, Rutgers, Buffalo, Norfolk St., Penn and Seton Hall
- Lafayette renews its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Bethlehem, Pa. on April 26 and 27.
- One opponent from the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Army)
- First time opponents in Buffalo, North Carolina Central and VCU