Softball Wraps Up Boise State Tournament
March 16, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Lafayette finished off its six-game slate in the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational on Sunday with losses to Southern Utah, 13-5, and Idaho State, 10-0.
Southern Utah jumped on the Leopards in the top of the first, scoring seven runs and forcing Leopard starter Melissa Robinson from the circle. The Thunderbirds sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, including Sara Park who led off the game with a single and later scored before doubling home three runs in her second at-bat of the inning. Southern Utah had six hits in the opening frame.
The Leopards got onto the scoreboard in the second inning. Amy Gebhardt singled home Allison Brown for the first run. Kristen Berger added two more for Lafayette, plating Gebhardt and Stephanie Schreiber (walk) with a two-out single. Lafayette trailed 7-3.
Lafayette closed the gap to 7-5 with two tallies in the third inning. Kristyn Marinelli and Victoria Vergona (2-for-3) opened the third with a single and double, respectively. Marinelli and Vergona both later scored on illegal pitches as Lafayette closed the deficit to two runs.
Southern Utah (6-16) responded with six runs on five hits in the top of the fourth. Four different players drove in baserunners including Park (3-for-4, 5 RBI) who scored two with a two-out single.
Robinson (1-4) took the loss, going two-thirds of an inning while allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Ashley Ostler earned the win, tossing two innings while surrendering two runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Lafayette's final game of the tournament was witness to a dominating pitching performance by Idaho State starter Haley Douglas who gave up just one hit and faced only 17 batters in the five-inning victory. Douglas was staked to a nine-run lead after two innings and the only blemish on her day was Schreiber's single in the top of the second.
In the bottom of the first inning, Idaho State (15-9) put a five-spot on the board with three players connecting for RBI-singles including No. 8 Dara Kolar who singled in two.
Katee Wiley delivered the big blow for the Bengals in the second inning, belting a three-run double to right centerfield. That hit sent Lafayette starter Lindsey Cherry (1.2 IP, 7H, 9ER, 3BB, 1K) from the circle in favor or Marinelli. Marinelli allowed one run on four hits in the final 1.2 innings, surrendering a Vicky Galasso solo home run in the third.
Lafayette (1-9) continues its spring break swing on Wednesday, taking the short trip to New York City to face Columbia in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.