Softball Tops Cleveland State, Loses in Extras to Wagner
March 16, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Lafayette split a pair of games on the Friday at the Rebel Spring Games. Both contests came down to the wire as the Leopards used extra innings to beat Cleveland State 5-4 in the first game and rallied in the bottom of the seventh before dropping a 3-2 decision vs. Wagner.
Cleveland State scored a run in the second, but Lafayette answered with a pair in the top of the third. Lafayette had three hits in the inning, including an RBI-single from Lauren Murphy. The Leopards led 3-2.
The advantage was short-lived as the Vikings responded with two scores in the bottom of the third inning on Meghan Bashak's run-scoring double and Afton Allred's RBI-single to right field. Cleveland State led 3-2. Aided by an error in the fifth frame, the Vikings tacked on a fourth run.
The Leopards trailed 4-2 going into their last at bat. Kristen Berger started things with a double and Gwen Turner followed with a single to place two runners in scoring position. Jordan Parsons cut the margin in half with an RBI-single and Stacey Dorn tied the game with her sacrifice fly to score Turner. The game went to the eight tied at 4-4.
In the eighth, using the tiebreaker rule, Alex Campanaro was placed on second base. Amy Gebhardt bunted her to third and Campanaro later scored on a wild pitch. The Leopards threatened for more, loading the bases with one out before stranding all three runners following a flyout and a groundout.
Cleveland State (6-19) followed a similar pattern in the bottom of the eighth, sacrificing Caila Ferro to third with one out. Brittany Bate grounded out to the pitcher who cut down Ferro as the game-tying run at home plate. Lafayette starting pitcher Melissa Robinson earned a flyout for the final out of the game.
Robinson (1-4) gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with three walks and a strikeout. Sara Shields (4-3) was the loser, allowing five runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 7.1 innings with six strikeout and two walks.
There was a lot of action in the beginning and the end of the Leopards' second game. In the top of the first, Wagner scored three runs. Jessica Albarran used a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score one run, and two more came home via an error and a wild pitch. The Leopards committed two errors in the game but both came in the first inning and led to Lafayette starter Emily Noel giving up three unearned runs.
Noel threw all seven for the Leopards and allowed just two hits in the game while walking two and striking out three. Olivia Zwick struck out eight Leopard batters, while scattering five hits with three walks in the victory.
The game was scoreless until the seventh, as neither team produced scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the seventh, Lafayette finally got things going with two outs in the inning. Berger singled and an error loaded the bases. Parsons, who had three of Lafayette's five hits in the game, single to score Cody Kugler (walk) and Berger and bring Lafayette within 3-2. With a runner on third, Parsons stole second, moving 60 feet closer as the game-winning, run. Victoria Vergona, who pinch hit for Dorn in the sixth, came to the plate and struck out looking to end the game.
Lafayette (2-8) completes its Rebel Spring Games swing on Saturday against Columbia at 11 a.m. and Green Bay at 3 p.m.