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Seventh-Inning Rally Falls Short in Series Finale

March 31, 2013

Box Score (Game 1) | Box Score (Game 2)

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Holy Cross on Easter Sunday at Metzgar Fields. The Crusader bats pounded out 10 runs on 12 hits in the opener for a 10-1 win before surviving a seventh-inning rally and a 7-6 decision in the nightcap.

In the first game, Holy Cross (9-13, 3-1) scored a pair of runs early. Kelliner Croushore ripped a Melissa Robinson offering over the wall in right center in the second. The next inning the Crusaders had runners on second and third with one out. Robinson struck out Sam Fregenti, but Emily Jarvis (single) scored on the throw down to first after the dropped third strike.

The Leopards (6-15, 1-3) cut the deficit to 2-1 in fourth. Jordan Parsons reached on a lead-off double. Parsons, who started at third base for Madeline Allen, later scored from third. Victoria Vergona attempted to steal second and then allowed herself to get into a rundown that gave Parsons enough time to score from third.

A two-out double by Alex Gustafson in the fifth brought home two more runs for the Crusaders who held a 4-1 lead. The Crusaders left no doubt in the seventh, erupting for six runs on six hits. Holy Cross sent 11 batters to the plate in the span. Colleen Ahern and Emma Keough each doubled in a pair of runs on two of the team's six extra-base hits in the game.

Robinson took the loss, surrendering 10 runs on 12 hits with 10 strikeouts and five walks. Knuckleballer Gennifer Durham earned the win, giving up one run on five hits with five K's.

Game two was a back-and-forth affair. Holy Cross jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Croushore pulled a pitch over the leftfield fence for a three-run blast. Holy Cross led 4-0 after a half inning.

The Leopards responded with four runs of their own on five hits. Brittany Paul singled and scored on Parsons' double to centerfield. The other three runs came with two outs. Robinson's infield single plated Parsons. Vergona followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Allison Thomas singled through the left side to even things at four apiece.

Holy Cross re-took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Ashleigh Vargas (single) and Ahern (double) knocked in a run apiece. Lafayette matched Holy Cross' offensive effort with two of its own. The Maroon and White placed runners on second and third with one out in the inning. Berger scored on a wild pitch. Robinson singled past the pitcher to score Paul (single) and tie the game at 6-6.

Robinson, the starter in game one, came on in relief of Bryn Gornick (5 IP, 5H, 6R, 3BB, 2K) to start the sixth. The Crusaders manufactured a run. Pinch hitter Hailey Mullen legged out an infield hit. A stolen base and a second infield hit by Vargas (3-for-3) put Mullen at third with one out and the bases loaded. Fregenti slapped a single through the right side to score Mullen. Thomas saved a run on the play, cutting down a runner at the plate with a strong throw from right.

Lafayette trailed 7-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, but had the top of the lineup coming to the plate. Berger started the inning with a double and Paul (3-for-3) advanced her to third with a sac bunt. The Leopards had two opportunities to get her home, but Parsons lined out to first and Allison Brown grounded out to end the game.

Robinson (5-10) took the loss, allowing one run on four hits. Julia Barrett (4-5) was the winner, tossing all seven while giving up six runs on 10 hits and striking out seven.

Lafayette will return to action Tuesday, traveling to Temple for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.