Leopards Take Second Game 6-5 in Patriot League Season Opening Weekend
March 29, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette softball opened Patriot League play on Saturday afternoon at Metzgar Fields against Bucknell. The Bison took the first game 4-0 before succumbing to the Leopards in a close 6-5 decision in the second. Sophomore Christina Giambrone hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to claim the win for the Leopards.
Bucknell scored four runs off of four hits in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead in the second game of the doubleheader. Both teams held each other scoreless in the third inning with the Bison registering a double play. Freshman Ali Henry denied Bucknell a hit in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Kerry Griffin advanced to third after Giambrone doubled down the right field line. Junior Robyn Matchett hit a single up the middle to bring Griffin home. Matchett stole second on the following play and Giambrone scored to cut the margin 5-4.
The Lafayette infield kept it tight as the Bison were unable to score in the top of the fifth inning. It was in the bottom of the fifth, that Giambrone hit her second double of the afternoon to score Griffin and senior Kristen Ruckno, taking the 6-5 lead.
Henry (3-4) struck out her final of four batters and allowed the Bison to register just one hit to keep the score 6-5 for the win.
In the first game, sophomore Kasey Karr (2-5) took the loss for the Leopards in her seventh start of the season. Karr allowed eight hits by the Bison in four innings pitched. Bucknell's Cassie Lloyd hit her third homer of the season into left field to take the 2-0 advantage in the fourth inning.
Henry came in relief in the fifth inning after Bucknell's Ashley Carlson scored off a Mary Pavlovich single to take a 3-0 lead. Henry struck out two batters and allowed one run to close out the inning.
Bucknell's Christie Wiest took a no hitter into the fourth inning enroute to the 4-0 victory, her fifth of the season.
Lafayette (6-11, 1-1) and Bucknell (7-19, 1-1) will play the final two games of the four game series tomorrow afternoon with the first set to being at noon.