Ruderman Hits Leopards Past Rider
March 16, 2011
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Lafayette posted its first victory of the season in the final contest of the Rebel Spring Games on Wednesday night, beating Rider 5-2.
Melanie Ruderman went 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs for the Leopards who closed their swing of 10 games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Lafayette spotted Rider a run in the first inning, but answered with a pair in the top of the second. Gwen Turner drove in Jordan Parsons to tie the game, and Ruderman's double two batters later scored Turner for the 2-1 lead.
Lafayette led for the remainder of the game, bolstering its lead with a three-run fourth inning. Ruderman plated Turner and Melissa Robinson, who reached on singles, with a single of her own. Kristin Garganio singled to bring home the Leopards' final run of the game.
Rider (2-10) inched closer in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with no outs. Laura Gallagher drew a walk to force in a run, but Robinson pitched her way out of the jam, ending the inning with a pop up, foul out and a groundball.
Robinson, who picked up her first collegiate win, faced just nine batters over the final three innings to put away the game. Robinson (1-4) walked four and struck out one while allowing one earned run on five hits. Rachael Matreale (1-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned on 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
In the first game of the day, Youngstown State handed Lafayette a 14-8 loss, scoring nine runs over the first three innings before the Leopards' late rally fell short.
Haley Thomas, YSU's lead-off hitter, belted a lead-off homer run three pitches into the game and added a three-run blast in the third inning for a 9-0 lead.
The Leopards chipped away at the deficit starting with the bottom of the third. Stacey Kushner (sac fly) and Carly Feiro (single) each drove in runs.
The Leopards added a run apiece in the fourth and fifth. In the fourth, Lafayette loaded the bases with no outs, but garnered its only run on a wild pitch. Kerry Griffin single home Lafayette's fourth run of the game in the fifth inning, as Lafayette trailed 9-4.
Youngstown State (12-5) added three more in the sixth to extend its lead. Garganio's double in the bottom of the frame plated two runs for Lafayette.
In the seventh, the teams exchanged a pair of scores with Garganio singling in two more to finish the day with four RBI.
Ali Henry was hit with the loss, giving up four runs (just one earned) on four hits in two innings. Christine Hilcken (5R, 3H, 3BB, 1K) threw a third of an inning and Emily Noel (5R, 6H, 5BB, 0K) finished things up for the Leopards.
Lafayette will have Thursday off for travel and will return to action on Friday at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, N.J. The Leopards will play five games in three days beginning with Sacred Heart and Manhattan on Friday at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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