May 5, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -
The Lafayette baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Marist on Saturday to begin the final regular-season series of the 2012 campaign. The Leopards fell by scores of 7-1 and 11-1.
Lafayette now stands at 14-34-1 on the season, while the Red Foxes move above .500 at 22-21. The series concludes tomorrow at Kamine Stadium with a single, nine-inning game. The Leopards will celebrate Senior Day prior to the 1 p.m. first pitch.
Matt Lerner singled in a pinch-hit performance in game one then went 2-for-3 with a triple as starting designated hitter in the nightcap. Andrew Santomauro was the only other Leopard to hit safely in each game. The centerfielder tripled, stole a base and score both of Lafayette's runs. Andrew Ruck had an RBI single, while Alex Osuchowski, James McCool, Bobby Fargnoli, Scott Kelleher and Thomas Dunleavy all added a base hit. Zach Gross reached safely in both of his plate appearances, working a pinch-hit walk in each end of the twin bill.
John Gentile (1-10) and Ethan Perro (1-6) started and took the losses on the mound. Both senior right-handers worked abbreviated outings with Patriot League Tournament play looming next weekend.
The Leopards' run in the first game knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the third. Santomauro hit a two-out single to start the offense and stole second base. After an error extended the inning and moved Santomauro to third, a dropped third strike that should have ended the threat allowed him to race home. The Red Foxes responded, however, with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning and added three more late tallies to claim a 7-1 decision.
Chad Gallagher (6-3) earned the win for Marist, scattering three hits and allowing just one unearned tally in 7.1 frames on work.
Lafayette struck first in the nightcap, as Santomauro led off the contest with a triple and came home when Ruck followed with an RBI single. The Leopards were limited to only five hits the rest of the way, however, as the Red Foxes notched 11 unanswered runs to complete the sweep with an 11-1 win.
Chris Houseal (3-5) worked the first five innings to record the win on the bump. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four.
Following tomorrow's regular-season finale, the No. 4-seeded Leopards will begin the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, May 12 with a doubleheader at top seed Army. If necessary, game three of the best-of-three semifinal series will be played on Sunday, May 13.