Leopards Compete in Day 2 of Wolfpack Challenge
March 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lafayette softball ran up against some potent offense and lost both ends of a doubleheader in the second day of action at the N.C. State WolfPack Challenge at Dail Stadium. The Leopards were shut out 20-0 by a 13-4 Kansas team in the first game on Saturday and followed with a 12-1 decision vs. Stony Brook.
Kansas scored early and often, plating five runs in the first while bursting out for 12 in the second. The Jayhawks sent 16 batters to the plate in the second inning. Chanin Naudin and Maggie Hull each singled in a pair of runs and Rosie Hugo ripped a three-run home run in the frame as Kansas took a 17-0 lead after two.
Lafayette (1-2) threatened in the top of the third inning. Kelly Lallis (2-for-2) and Brittany Paul each singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Kansas pitcher Morgan Druhan got two groundouts from the Leopards to end the inning. The Jayhawks tacked on three more in the third and the game was called after five innings.
Bryn Gornick was handed the loss in her first collegiate start. She gave up 11 runs (9 earned) on 11 hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Kaitlin Perrine, who came on in relief in the first inning before handing things back over to Gornick in the second inning, allowed the other nine runs on four hits with seven walks. Druhan (2-0) threw the final three innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Starter Alex Jones tossed the first two innings, striking out four and walking two.
Unfortunately for the Leopards, it was more of the same offensively from their next opponent, Stony Brook (5-8), in the early going of the second game. Bria Green and Jessica Zeilman each doubled in a pair of runs in the first inning.
The Stony Brook duo was at it again in the second inning, combining to knock in three of the Seawolves' five runs. Green (3-for-3) later added a two-run homer as part of Stony Brook's four-run sixth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Paul started things with a lead-off single. A pair of walks and a one-out RBI-groundout from Melissa Robinson put the Leopards on the board, trailing 8-1 in the eventual 12-1 final.
Robinson (1-1) took the loss in the circle, allowing 12 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Christine Lucido was the winner, scattering four hits for one run with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Leopards wrap up the N.C. State Wolfpack Challenge on Sunday, facing N.C. A&T at 11:15 a.m. followed by the hosts at 1:30 p.m.