Lafayette Battles Southern Utah and Idaho State
March 15, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Lafayette dropped both of its second round games on Saturday at the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational. In the morning opener, two Idaho State pitchers combined to allow just one Leopard hit in a 6-0 decision. In game two, Lafayette led 3-0 early on but lost 8-5 to Southern Utah.
The Leopards committed two errors in the top of the first, the second one which extended the inning. The Bengals scored on a Terah Blackwell (3-for-4, 2 RBI) double to lead 1-0. Idaho State added another run in the third. Micheala Taylor led off the inning with a single, stole second and later scored on a passed ball.
Lafayette's lone hit of the game came in the second inning. Melissa Robinson singled to left with one out and Stephanie Schreiber drew a walk to leave runners on first and second with one out. Bryn Gornick moved both runners up with a sacrifice, but Idaho State pitcher Bailey Foster enticed Kristen Berger into a 5-3 groundout to end the threat.
The Leopards stranded two in that inning and left 10 on base for the game. Idaho State (14-8) put the game away with three runs in the visitor half of the fourth inning and one more in the sixth.
Robinson (1-3) was the pitcher of record for Lafayette, allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits with three walks and a strikeout. Tolmie (2-1) pitched the final four innings to collect the win.
In the next game, Lafayette got off to a stellar start in the top of the first. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jenna Orlando pulled a double down the leftfield line to empty the bases and hand Lafayette a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Southern Utah (5-15) got to Lafayette starter Bryn Gornick for a run. The Thunderbirds were aided by a passed ball and scored on a one-out sac fly to cut Lafayette's lead to 3-1.
Southern Utah scored three in the second and three more in the third to take control of the game. Kelli Hales doubled in a pair of runs and later scored on a groundout as Southern Utah led 4-3. Hales, Sara Park and Terysa Dyer all drove in runs in the home third as SUU led 7-3.
The Leopards were able to get a pair of runs back in the fourth inning. Three straight one-out hits gave Lafayette its first run of the inning. Amy Gebhardt singled and moved to third on Schreiber's double. Kelly Lallis followed with a single up the middle to plate Gebhardt. Lallis helped score the final run of the inning, getting in a run down between first and second which allowed Schreiber to score from third and trim Southern Utah's lead to 7-5.
The Thunderbirds added a run in the bottom of the fourth and retired Lafayette in order in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Lallis led off the inning with a walk and Robinson was able to get aboard with a out-out single to put runners on first and second. The game ended when Kristyn Marinelli grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.
Katie Greenberg (6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2K, 2BB) notched the win for Southern Utah while Ashley Ostler added the save, allowing just one hit in the seventh. Gornick (0-1) threw six innings and gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 14 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Leopards (1-7) close out the SpringHill Suites Invitational on Sunday, facing Southern Utah at 9:45 a.m. MT and Idaho State at noon MT.