Fairfield Ludlowe baseball bombards Notre Dame
Published 1:05 am, Friday, April 9, 2010
For two innings the Notre Dame-Fairfield baseball team looked like the defending state champion and Fairfield Ludlowe looked like it was asleep.
But then the Falcons bats woke up.
Ludlowe scored two runs in the third and then 10 runs in the fourth as the Falcons turned a 5-0 deficit into a 13-6 win on Wednesday afternoon at Kiwanis Field.
Starting pitcher Kevin Lambert got the Falcons' first win of the season. Lambert was shaky in the early going, but settled down, throwing five innings and allowing four earned runs and six hits.
"It was huge that he gave us five innings," Ludlowe Head Coach Keith O'Rourke said.
Notre Dame, which lost seven seniors to graduation a year after winning the Class S title, was the aggressor from the outset. The Lancers scored a run just three pitches into the season when Drew DiFlippo doubled on the game's first pitch and Mike Henning got him in on an error.
"We got a lot of guys that haven't seen varsity action," Notre Dame Head Coach Paul Fabbri said. "We've got to learn on the fly."
Notre Dame put three more runs on the Falcons in the second inning when first baseman Jordan Mones hit a bases clearing double with two outs that put the Lancers ahead 5-0. Lambert had walked three batters in the inning.
"The second inning was his own fault," O'Rourke said of Lambert.
Mones recorded four RBI in the game, as he drove in a run in the seventh for Notre Dame as well.
But Ludlowe rebounded after that. Junior Alex Wright, who reached base three times after taking over for the injured Brad Burton, singled and scored on an error. Billy Malone singled in Zack Garoffolo and the game was 5-2.
Wright entered the game in centerfield after Burton injured his arm in the first inning. He ended up with two hits and two runs scored.
"I wasn't expecting to play," Wright said. "But it felt good...it was exciting to play."
Ludlowe barraged Notre Dame starter Christian Hock with four straight hits to open the fourth and the Falcons had scored six times before the Lancers even recorded an out.
"He was effective for three, but then he ran out of gas in the fourth," Fabbri said of Hock.
Tom Nagy, Max Senew and Steve Guasco led off the inning with singles. Tyler Bulkeley's double drove in a run that made the game 5-4. Wright walked and Rossomando singled home two that put Ludlowe up 6-5.
"We woke up a little bit," Nagy said.
Nagy and Senew each scored two runs in the inning, every Falcon but Malone had a hit in the inning as Ludlowe sent 16 men to the plate. By the time it was all said and done, the Falcons had a 12-5 lead.
"I'll take as many of those as they come," O'Rourke said of the inning. "I'll never get upset with a 10 run inning."
Ludlowe was not done with the run scoring though as Rob Ferrara reached on a fielders choice after Malone singled. Nagy doubled and Senew walked and Guasco drove in Ferrara to make the game 13-5.
Freshman Nick Chandler and senior Taylor Brown closed out the final two innings for the Falcons to give Ludlowe its first win in its first game.
Notre Dame played St. Joseph yesterday in a game after press time. The Lancers will play again tomorrow against Fairfield Warde at 11 a.m.
Ludlowe will play again today against Westhill. The Vikings beat the Falcons twice last year.