Softball Opens Season With 3-1 Win
March 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Lafayette softball team opened its 2012 season with a 3-1 win over North Carolina A&T on Friday in the opening round of the N.C. State Wolfpack Challenge at Dail Stadium.
The Leopards (1-0) scored all of the offense they would need in the top of the first. Kristen Berger's lead-off walk got things going. Brittany Paul advanced her to second before Jordan Parsons put Berger 60 feet from home with a single. Allison Thomas drove in the first run of her career with a groundout to the pitcher. The Leopards tacked on a second run when Parsons scored on a throwing error on a play that should have ended the inning.
North Carolina A&T (1-3) immediately sliced the Leopards' early lead in half. n the top of the inning, a lead-off walk resulted in a run. Zebresha Blakeney moved to second on a ground ball and later stole third. Tranea Jones singled Blakeney home on one of three hits that Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson surrendered in the Friday matinee.
The Aggies only real threat in the balance of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Kimberly Brunson's two-out double placed her in scoring position, but Robinson ended the threat with a groundout to first.
Lafayette tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. With runners on first and second and one out, Parsons (2-for-3) connected for an infield single to shortstop to load the bases. Freshman cleanup hitter Allison Brown drew a walk to push across a third score in the 3-1 final.
Robinson allowed one run on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in her first outing of the season. Janika May took the loss for the Aggies, giving up three runs (2 earned) on five hits with seven walks.
The Leopards will have the rest of the day off for competition before an early-morning wakeup call on Saturday. Lafayette plays Kansas at 10 a.m. followed by Stony Brook at 12:15 p.m. In all, Lafayette will play five games in the three-day tournament.
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