Baseball Resumes League Play with Bucknell
April 18, 2014
Lafayette continues Patriot League play with a four-game series against Bucknell this weekend. The Bison bring a 9-3 Patriot League record into Kamine Stadium, while Lafayette is 3-7 in conference games in 2014. Fans can watch Sunday’s doubleheader for free on the Patriot League Network.
The forecast for Easton, Pa. calls for identical conditions on Saturday and Sunday with partly cloudy skies on both days and a high of 63 degrees. There is a 10 percent chance of rain on Sunday afternoon.
The Bison’s offense features three of the top four hitters in the Patriot League. Corey Furman boasts a league-best .393 batting average. He has collected a team-leading 44 hits, five triples, and 23 RBI in 30 games played. Anthony Gingerelli is hitting at a .348 clip, which ranks second on the team and in the league. He has belted a team-high three home runs to go with six doubles and leads the squad with a .446 on-base-percentage and is slugging .576 on the year. Joe Ogren is fourth in the Patriot League with a .331 batting average. He has 40 base hits including six doubles and three triples. Ogren has driven in 19 runs on the season. On the mound, right-hander Andrew Andreychik has tossed four complete games in his eight starts, three of which have been shutouts. He carries a 3.19 earned-run average in 42.1 innings of work and is 4-3 for Bucknell. Mike Castellani and Tom Hrabchak have been solid for the Bison out of the pen. Both pitchers sport under-2.00 ERAs and lead the team in appearances. Castellani has pitched 22 innings of relief, picking up two wins and has recorded 17 punchouts and a 1.64 ERA. Hrabchak has thrown in 12 games this season, pitching to a 1.88 earned-run average.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Game 1: LHP Connor Ortolf (2-5, 3.04 ERA) vs. RHP Bryson Hough (4-3, 5.47 ERA)
Game 2: RHP Mitch Leeds (0-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Dan Weigel (3-4, 3.38 ERA)
Game 3: RHP David Bednar (1-2, 2.73 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Andreychik (4-3, 3.19 ERA)
Game 4: TBA vs. LHP Xavier Hammond (2-3, 3.83 ERA)
The Leopards hold a 112-62 lead in the all-time series dating back to 1897. Last season in Lewisburg, Pa. each team won a pair of games and left with a series split.
AT THE PLATE
Tim Lazor has hit safely in six straight contests for the Maroon & White. On the season, Lazor is batting .272 with six doubles and two home runs. Andrew Santomauro has totaled a team-high 29 base hits including six doubles and has crossed home plate 17 times. He also powers the Leopards offense with 15 RBIs and nine stolen bases. Michael Conigilio is batting .321 in only 17 games played and Jackson Kramer has maintained a .293 average in 21 games played.
ON THE MOUND
David Bednar and Connor Ortolf lead the Leopards on the bump. Bednar has allowed just 15 hits in 29.1 innings of work and is holding opposing batters to a .146 average. The freshman right-hander is 1-2 on the season with a 2.73 ERA. Ortolf has pitched to a 3.04 ERA in eight starts, earning two victories for Lafayette. The senior has thrown the only complete games for the Leopards this year. Cory Spera has been terrific in relief for the Maroon & White. The Lorton, Va. Native has appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen, earning three wins and sports a team-low 1.08 ERA.
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 are scheduled to host Monmouth on Wednesday, April 23 in a non-conference tilt at Kamine Stadium. First pitch against the Hawks is set for 3:30 p.m. Next weekend Lafayette travels to Lehigh for a four-game series against the Mountain Hawks.