Mountain Hawks Bats Too Much For Leopards

Go Leopards!

March 31, 2014

Game 1 Boxscore | Game 2 Boxscore

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh swept Lafayette softball in the second Patriot League series of the season, winning 4-1 and 9-1 on Monday afternoon at Kaufman Field.  

Freshman Kristyn Marinelli took the ball to start in what was game two of the three-game series that was delayed by rain on Saturday and Sunday. The Lehigh (14-10, 6-0) lineup reached her for an early run when Morgan Decker singled in the first inning to score MacKenzie Velasquez.

Marinelli silenced the Mountain Hawks for the next three innings. In the top of third, Kristen Berger drew a two-out walk and scored on a Bryn Gornick double to center to knot the game at 1-1.

The Leopards (2-16, 1-5) looked to add more in the fifth. Marinelli came to the dish with runners on first and second and two outs. Her single to right moved Gornick to second, but Berger was thrown out at the plate for the third out.

The Mountain Hawks added two runs in the bottom of the fifth an infield error and a sac fly and then plated one more in the home sixth on a wild pitch take the game 4-1.

Marinelli (0-3) took the loss, surrendering four runs (two earned), on six hits with a pair of walks. Ashley Quigley (5-2) fanned 12 and walked three Leopards while giving up a run on three hits.

In the series finale, Lehigh scored three runs in the second and pulled away to a 9-1 decision in six innings. Vicky Lattanzio tripled to lead off the inning, and hits by Emma Capetz (single), Vicky Calvini (double) and Ashley Cole (single) each plated runs for the Mountain Hawks.

The Leopards answered with a run in the top of the third. Berger and Marinelli both hit two-baggers to cut into the deficit, as Lafayette trailed 3-1.

A four-run fourth inning put the game out of reach. Decker, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple, drove in a run as did Cassie Waggy. Lehigh added a run in the sixth off Lafayette reliever Lindsey Cherry. She threw the final 2.1 innings, scattering three hits.

Melissa Robinson (2-8), who gave up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits with four walks in three innings, was hit with the loss. Christine Campbell (6-3) garnered the circle win, surrendering a run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  

Lafayette kicks off a 12-game homestand on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Temple at 3 p.m. at Metzgar Fields.