April 11, 2014
Navy at Lafayette
Apr. 12-13 | Easton, Pa. | Kamine Stadium
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Lafayette welcomes Navy to Kamine Stadium for a four-game series this weekend. Game one of the Saturday double-dip is slated to begin 1 p.m. with game two to follow. On Sunday, first pitch of game one is set for noon.
The forecast for this weekend calls for ideal baseball weather with Saturday expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 71 degrees and partly cloudy with a high of 77 on Sunday.
Navy has dropped their last three contests entering the weekend and holds a 16-19 overall mark to go with a 2-6 record in Patriot League play. Robert Curry leads the Mids in hits (46), runs (27), triples (four) and stolen bases (19). He boasts a slash line of .348/.470/.425 which tops the Navy offense with players over 50 at-bats. Kash Manzelli is behind Curry with 36 base knocks and has driven in a team-high 24 RBIs. He has belted two home runs of the season to go with seven doubles. Anthony Parenti has started eight games for the Midshipmen, going 6-2 and sports a team-low 1.13 earned-run average. He’s allowed just 38 hits in 55.2 innings of work and is holding opposing hitters to a .197 clip. Stephen Moore carries a 2-4 record with a 2.32 ERA in eight starts on the year. Andrew Bartek has made 15 appearances out of the pen. He’s pitched to a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings of relief.
Navy leads the all-time series over Lafayette 67-39-2. The Midshipmen took three out of four from the Leopards in 2013.
LHP Connor Ortolf (2-4, 2.60 ERA) vs. LHP Anthony Parenti (6-2, 1.13 ERA)
RHP Mitch Leeds (0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Stephen Moore (2-4, 2.32 ERA)
RHP David Bednar (1-2, 1.50 ERA) vs. LHP Luke Gillingham (1-4, 3.09 ERA)
LHP Ari Kaufman (0-3, 4.19) vs. RHP George Coughlin (2-4, 3.68 ERA)
AT THE PLATE
Andrew Santomauro is riding a 10-game hitting streak entering the weekend. During the streak, he has seen his average rise from .224 to .278. He has totaled a team-high 25 base hits including five doubles and has crossed home plate 14 times. Michael Conigilio is batting .357 through 12 games played and Jackson Kramer has a .293 average in 16 games played. Tyler Hudson has driven in 10 RBIs on the year to lead the Leopards.
ON THE MOUND
David Bednar and Connor Ortolf lead the Leopards on the bump. Bednar through his first five starts is 1-2 with a 1.50 earned-run average, the best amongst Lafayette starters. He is holding opposing batters to a .123 average. Ortolf has pitched to a 2.60 ERA in seven starts and is 2-4 on the campaign. He has allowed 35 hits in a team-leading 45.0 innings pitched. Cory Spera sports a 1.29 ERA in eight appearances out of the bullpen and has earned three wins for the Maroon & White.
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 will travel to Piscataway, N.J. on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup with Rutgers. The opening pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Lafayette will then return home next weekend to square off against conference foe Bucknell.
- 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