Temple Takes Two From Leopards
April 1, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Temple snatched both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Metzgar Fields, winning game one 4-0 and game two, 10-1. The Leopards were held to four hits on the afternoon in a pair of stellar pitching performances from Kelsey Dominik and Amanda Gatt.
In the first game, Temple scored single runs in four different innings. In the second frame, Kaylyn Zierke ripped a double off the wall in leftfield and later scored on Julia Kastner’s single. The Owls added another in the third. This time it was Annie Marcopolus who started the inning with a hard-hit double. Zierke plated her with a two-out single as Temple led 2-0.
Lafayette certainly had opportunities to score, loading the bases with no outs in the second. Victoria Vergona slapped a single through the right side to lead off the inning and then Allison Brown reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Jenna Orlando looked to advance the runners with a sac bunt, but her offering was perfectly placed in front of the plate, leaving the bases loaded. Jenna Kulback grounded out 4-2 and Dominik did the rest of the work, fanning Alex Jacinto and Amy Gebhardt to end the threat.
The Owls (9-14) stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the fifth with Dominik’s two-out double off the fence in left centerfield. She did the damage again in the seventh, pulling an off-speed offering over the wall in left for the 4-0 final.
Dominik (5-5) struck out nine Leopards on the afternoon, giving up just two hits in the second inning for the circle victory. At the plate, she was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Lafayette starter Lindsey Cherry (0-5) allowed four runs on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Temple scored six runs in the top of the fourth in an eventual 10-1 win. Marcopolus had the big blow of that inning with a three-run homer. Prezioso, who was 4-for-5 including a two-run double, and Castner (RBI-single) each drove in runs.
Melissa Robinson's single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth ended Gatt's no-hit bid. The Leopards pushed across their lone run of the day in the bottom of the seventh. Vergona connected for an RBI-double to score Kristen Berger.
Gatt (3-2) struck out four and walked two while giving up one run on a pair of hits in the win. Kristyn Marinelli (0-4) allowed 10 runs on 16 hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
Lafayette (2-18) continues its 12-game homestand on Wednesday, hosting Towson in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.