Softball Competes at Day 2 of Longwood Spring Classic
Feb. 23, 2014
FARMVILLE, Va. – Lafayette ran into some stiff pitching on Day 2 of the Longwood Spring Classic in Farmville, Va. losing 6-2 to Towson and 8-0 to Longwood. Junior Victoria Vergona was a bright spot for the Leopards, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple in the two games.
Against Towson (6-5), Lafayette fell behind 3-0 early before trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the 5th. The Maroon & White were able to put a run on the board when freshman Jenna Orlando reached on an error and sophomore Bryn Gornick was able to cross the plate. Towson responded with two more runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead 6-1. Lafayette would add a run in the bottom of the seventh when Vergona homered to left center.
Freshman Kristyn Marinelli received the loss in her first career start. Marinelli went five innings, giving up four runs (all earned). She struck out two and did not walk a batter. Gornick pitched two innings of relief, giving up two unearned runs on one hit.
In the second game against Longwood, the Lancers (3-0) scored two runs in the first and that was all that was needed as they blanked Lafayette (1-3) 8-0 in five innings. Longwood would bat around in the bottom of the fourth, plating six runs in the frame.
The Leopards had only three base runners in the game and did not record their first hit until Vergona tripled to right with two outs in the top of the 5th. She was stranded there as Orlando grounded out to third and the game was then called because of the deficit.
Senior Melissa Robinson fell to 1-1 on the year, allowing eight runs (one earned) on six hits in four innings of work.
“We will take the good and leave the bad from this weekend,” Head Coach Jexx Varner said after today’s games. “We will make some fundamental improvements next time we get on the field.”
Lafayette returns to action this Saturday, Mar. 1, with a doubleheader at Howard University. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.