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Leopards Open Spring Break at Boise State Tournament

March 14, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Lafayette started its spring break against stiff competition in the SpringHill Suites Invitational at Boise State University, losing 16-1 in the opener vs. Idaho State and 11-4 in game two against the hosts.

In the Leopards' first game in 18 days, Idaho State scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in the opening round of the Springhill Suites Invitational.

The Bengals (13-8) had seven hits in that first inning, with Gabby Lopez driving in a pair with a two-out single. In the third, Idaho State's Terah Blackwell (3-for-4, 5 RBI) cracked open the game with a three-run homer that stretched the Bengals' advantage to 10-0.

The Leopards' broke through for a run in the fifth inning. Freshman Kristyn Marinelli singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Sophomore Alex Jacinto, who started at third base, took her plate appearance to nine pitches before drawing a one-out walk and placing runners on first and second. Junior Victoria Vergona came through with a single to centerfield to end the shutout.

Freshman starting pitcher Lindsey Cherry (0-2) was tagged for nine runs (8 earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts and a walk in the circle loss. Bryn Gornick tossed an inning and two-thirds, allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with a strikeout. Haley Douglas collected the win, surrendering one run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk. 

In the second game, Lafayette scored four runs in the first three innings, but Boise State (11-11) broke away with nine in the middle innings in an 11-4 final.

In the second inning, Kristen Berger's bases-loaded single gave the Leopards the early 1-0 advantage. The Leopards stranded three runners in the second, but pushed across three runs in the top of the third.

Lafayette (1-5) loaded the bases and Kelly Lallis squeezed home Vergona from third base. Berger drove in two more and Lafayette led 4-0.

Boise State answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Kayla Clausen led off the frame with a solo home run and MacKenzie Whyte singled in another to put the score at 4-2.

The Broncos took the lead for the first time in the home half of the fourth. Jordan Kreiger doubled home two runs to knot the game at four. The next batter, Whyte, connected for a two-run homer and a 6-4 advantage.

In the Boise fifth, Lindsey Nicholson tripled and scored on a single. Tara Glover tripled home another run and a third scored on a wild pitch for the 9-4 lead.

Boise State added two more in the sixth off reliever Bryn Gornick. Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson gave up nine runs on 10 hits in five innings. MacKenzie McGill collected the win, allowing four runs on seven hits with six walks and a strikeout. Rebecca Patton, who threw the final 2.2 innings, allowed just one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in the save.

"We faced two very good hitting teams today and they made us pay for our mistakes," said Lafayette head coach Jexx Varner. "Consistency with hitting will come with more games but our consistency with effort, energy, focus and fundamentals has nothing to do with the amount of games played. We have to get better in those areas. Tomorrow is a new day and we will commit to being better."  

The Leopards return to action on Saturday, playing Idaho State at 9:45 a.m. MT and Southern Utah at noon MT.