Leopards Split With Bears Squads
March 9, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - Lafayette split a pair of games on Saturday at the Towson Invitational, beating Morgan State 4-3 in the nightcap after dropping a 3-1 decision to Brown in the first game.
The Leopards (3-5) scored lone tallies in the second and third innings against Morgan State. Allison Thomas doubled home Melissa Robinson in second inning, but was cut down trying to stretch the two-bagger into three. Lafayette left two runners on in the second and five for the game.
The Leopards walked in a run in the top of the third, but quickly re-took the advantage, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning. Lafayette turned Brittany Paul's lead-off double into a score as Morgan State (2-13) pitchers loaded the bases before Thomas scored Paul (2-for-3) on a sac fly.
The sixth inning provided some breathing room. Madeline Allen (single) and Kristen Berger (double) each plated runs as Lafayette led 4-1. The Bears responded with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, but the Leopards held on.
Bryn Gornick threw the final 4.2 innings for the Leopards, allowing two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts for her first collegiate victory. Kaitlin Perrine (1R, 2H, 2BB, 2K) started the game.
In the day's first game, Lafayette could never really get its offense going in a 3-1 final against the Ivy League's version of the Bears.
Brown (2-6) scored all three of its runs in the second inning off Lafayette ace Robinson. Aly Caplan (single), Janet Leung (double) and Avery Silverstein (single) knocked in a run apiece and staked the Bears to a 3-0 advantage.
The Leopards could not get to Brown starter Sarah Ropiak until the top of the seventh. Robinson reached on a two-base error but Ropiak immediately retired the next two batters. The Leopards put a run on the scoreboard on Allen's RBI-single to right in the 3-1 final.
Robinson (2-4) gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits with four walks. Ropiak (1-3) allowed the one run in the seventh while giving up five hits with a strikeout.
Lafayette closes out the Towson Invitational on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. against Towson.
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