Softball Splits on Final Day in Raleigh
March 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lafayette closed out the final day of the N.C. State Wolfpack Challenge with a split decision. The Leopards recorded a 3-1 win over N.C. A&T before dropping a 10-0 decision versus the hosts in the final game of the three-day tournament.
In the first game on Sunday, Lafayette and starter Kaitlin Perrine spotted N.C. A&T (1-7) a run in the top of second inning on an infield single.
The Leopards evened up things in the home half of the fourth when Melissa Robinson led off a with a home run to left center, the first round-tripper of her collegiate career. Lafayette tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning coming on Victoria Vergona's two-out, bases-loaded single in the 3-1 final.
Robinson, who came on in relief in the third inning, cruised through the final four frames, allowing just two baserunners in that span. She struck out seven in 4.2 innings while giving up just two hits.
In the second game, Lafayette was held to one hit in five innings as host N.C. State (11-5-1) tallied a 10-0 victory.
The Wolfpack pushed across three runs in the top of the second, scoring on a fielder's choice, a double steal and a wild pitch. N.C. State added single scores in the third and fourth innings before breaking open the game in the fifth. Renada Davis hit a three-run home run and Chelsea Tate added a two-run shot to push the final to 10-0.
The Leopards' only hit of the game came in the bottom of the first on Brittany Paul's one-out single to left off Emily Weiman. Weiman (10-4) struck out seven in four innings for the win. Robinson (2-2) gave up 10 runs on 13 hits with two strikeouts and five walks.
Lafayette will next compete in the Towson Invitational on March 8-10, playing against Morgan State, Brown and the host Tigers.