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1965 Baseball Team

Baseball (Inducted 2015-16)

1965  Baseball Team

The 1965 Lafayette baseball team went 18-8, beating Pitt and Princeton in the District 2 Playoffs to qualify for the College World Series. At the College World Series, the Leopards lost to eventual-champion Arizona State, which finished the season 54-8 and was led by future career Major Leaguers Sal Bando and Rick Monday. The Leopards were knocked out of the CWS by Connecticut. The Leopards won 12 of their first 15 games, went 3-1 against Lehigh and won the Middle Atlantic Conference title. Hall of Famer Don Lordan led the team with nine victories, pitching 93.2 innings while striking out 65. John Ireland was 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA. Offensively, Lordan boasted a .404 batting average in 57 at-bats, while shortstop Walt Manuel drove in 15 runs on 32 hits with six triples. Dan Kristoff and Jim Burns drove in 18 and 16, respectively.