Leopards Post First Shutout of Season in Wednesday Split
March 27, 2013
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Lafayette softball's final tune-up before the start of Patriot League play ended with a split decision on Wednesday. In the opener, Lafayette managed its first shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory. In the nightcap, Mount St. Mary's belted out 13 hits for an 11-3 final.
Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson (4-7) gave up just two hits in the first game and the Leopards pulled away in the sixth inning with a three-run rally.
The Leopards scored the only run they needed in the fourth inning. Jordan Parsons connected for a one-out single to right to get aboard. Allison Brown moved her to second with a sacrifice. Parsons moved 60 feet closer on an illegal pitch and later scored on a wild offering for the 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, the Leopards put a three-spot on the board. Robinson cleared the bases with two-out double. Lafayette tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. Kelly Lallis' two-out bunt single led to a run, as her effort was aided by a throwing error and a wild pitch that eventually plated the sophomore. She finished the game 2-for-3.
Robinson gave up just two singles in the opener, striking out five while walking one. Hayley Stankan allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and two free passes.
The second game was all Mount St. Mary's as the Mount banged out two in the first, three in the third and five in the fourth. Cat Clifford doubled in a pair of runs in the first inning.
Mount St. Mary's (8-15) took control of the game for good in the bottom of that same inning. Rachel Teti (double) and Bre Lohman (two-run homer) both drove in runs with extra-base hits. The Leopards committed two errors in the inning which helped lead to a pitching change and two more runs in the frame.
The Leopards answered with two in the top of the fourth on Victoria Vergona's two-out double, but the hosts put away the game in the bottom of the inning. Erin Leddy smacked a two-run home run as part of a five-run frame.
Kaitlin Perrine took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Bryn Gornick tossed an inning and a third and surrendered five runs (3 earned). Danielle Cummings (5H, 3R) struck out four for her first victory of the season.
Lafayette opens Patriot League play with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning a four-game series with Holy Cross. First pitch is slated for noon on both days.