Feb. 22, 2014
FARMVILLE, Va. – The Lafayette softball program opened up the 2014 season at the Longwood Spring Classic against Towson and Longwood on Saturday. The Leopards took the first game against Towson in extra innings but were not able to come away with the victory against Longwood.
The Maroon & White began the day with an 11-inning affair against the Tigers. Lafayette was able to come away with the 8-6 victory thanks to a strong performance in the circle by senior Melissa Robinson and a terrific collegiate debut by Kristyn Marinelli.
Robinson went the distance for Lafayette (1-1), allowing 14 hits and six runs (four earned) in her 11 innings of work. She walked four and struck out one. Marinelli went 3-for-5 including a solo home run in her first ever plate appearance. She added another RBI in the 11th frame to put the Leopards up by the winning margin.
With the game deadlocked at six entering the 11th, the Leopards had runners on first and second with no one out and sophomore Stephanie Schreiber coming to bat. She grounded into a fielder’s choice to third but a throwing error by the Towson’s 3B allowed junior Kelly Lallis to score the go-ahead run. Marinelli singled to right in the next at-bat, plating sophomore Allison Brown. The Tigers (5-5) retired the next three Leopard batters but the damage was already done. Robinson closed out the game by retiring the last two Towson hitters after she allowed a one-out single.
Head Coach Jexx Varner was excited after picking up the win in his coaching debut with the Leopards. “Honestly, couldn't ask for a better start to the season!” Varner said about his team’s performance after the game. “The girls showed so much in all kinds of different situations. We played clean defensive, executed offensively, had clutch performances at the plate and in the field and got a great outing by Melissa Robinson.”
Against Longwood, Lafayette started slow, allowing three unearned runs to cross the plate in the second inning due to two Leopard fielding errors. The Maroon & White responded however in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out two-run single by junior Kristen Berger.
That was the only offense Lafayette could muster in the game as only three Leopards reached base from the third inning on. Longwood (2-0) added four more runs in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 7-2, which stood for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Lindsey Cherry received the loss, as she gave up seven runs (four earned) in four innings in her first collegiate start. She walked four and struck out four. Sophomore Bryn Gornick pitched three innings of one-hit ball in relief.
Lafayette returns to the circle tomorrow, Feb. 23, in Day 2 of the Longwood Spring Classic against Towson at 11 a.m. followed by Longwood at 1 p.m.