Leopards Host Army
April 12, 2013
Lafayette continues Patriot League play with a four-game series against Army over the weekend. First pitch from Kamine Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Leopards are now 6-26 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League. Fans can watch Sunday’s doubleheader on GoLeopards.com/allaccess.
Last Time Out
The Leopards lost to La Salle on Wednesday afternoon, 9-6, in Philadelphia. Freshman shortstop Andrew Landolfi led the Lafayette offense, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, a double and a run scored. Classmate Campbell Lipe went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Rookie Mitch Leeds went five innings giving up just one earned run while striking out two.
The Black Knights enter the weekend series at 11-16 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League. Sophomore Alex Jensen powers the Black Knights offense with team highs in average (.337), hits (34), doubles (6) and RBI (22). Junior first baseman Patrick Mescher is second on the team with 29 hits and a .333 batting average. Freshman Jacob Page has a team-leading three home runs and is second on the team with 21 RBI.
The Black Knights lead the all-time series, 68-59-3, in a series that dates back to 1896. Army took all six games, including two in the Patriot League Tournament, last season.
Saturday afternoon will be mostly cloudy with a high in the high 50s and a 10 percent chance of rain, while Sunday will be sunny with highs in the high 50.
Senior Andrew Ruck has paced the Leopard offense with a team-high three home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Ruck leads the team with 35 hits and is second on the squad with a .307 batting average. Junior centerfielder Andrew Santomauro has racked up 27 hits including a team-high three triples and 6 doubles, while also scoring 18 runs. In right field, Thomas Dunleavy has scored seven runs and has notched 21 hits this season. Dunleavy is batting .288 with six RBI.
Freshman Andrew Landolfi has been on a tear in his last nine games, batting .480 with 12 hits. The rookie has knocked in seven runs and scored six runs during the span. The Springfield, Pa. native hit his first collegiate home run April 6, that sparked an eighth inning come from behind rally to beat Holy Cross.
Patriot League Update
Patriot League play resumed last weekend with Holy Cross taking three out of four from Lafayette. Lehigh and Army split their four-game series, while Navy won three out of four against Bucknell. After two series, Holy Cross stands alone in first place at 6-2, while Bucknell, Lehigh and Navy come in at 4-4. Army and Lafayette round out the standings tied with a 3-5 League record. This weekend Navy visits Holy Cross and Lehigh hosts Bucknell.
The Leopards will host Rutgers on Tuesday, April 16, followed by a Patriot League weekend series at Navy.
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 renewed 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