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Lafayette Grabs Game Two, 9-6, for DH Split

April 2, 2014

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette churned out nine runs as the Leopards captured a 9-6 victory in game two of a Wednesday doubleheader with Towson. Allison Brown delivered the biggest blow of the game with a three-run home run as part of a six-run second.

The Leopards led 7-0 by the second inning. In the bottom of the first, Kristen Berger and Kelly Lallis got things going with back to back singles. Brown plated Berger (3-for-3, 3 RBI) from third with a sac fly and the Leopards led 1-0.

The second inning proved more productive for the Leopard offense. Jenna Orlando doubled and later scored on Stephanie Schreiber’s base knock. With two outs in the inning and Amy Gebhardt and Schreiber aboard, Berger doubled the opposite way to score both runners. That knocked Towson starter Amber Hickman from the game.

A Kelly Lallis single extended the second inning and Brown did the rest of the work, blasting a home run over the wall in left centerfield . The Leopards led 7-0.

The Tigers (17-12) answered with five runs in the fourth inning. Holiday Cahill doubled in two and Jess South and Hailey Balk each plated one.

Lafayette padded its margin to 8-5 in the bottom of the fifth.  Brown singled, was sacrificed to second by Victoria Vergona and scored on Kristyn Marinelli’s double down the line.

Towson inched closer with a run in the sixth. Cahill led off the inning with a home run. Lafayette head coach Jexx Varner made the call to the bullpen, removing starter Lindsey Cherry in favor of Bryn Gornick. Gornick allowed one hit in the inning, but earned the final three outs with an 8-6 lead intact.

The Leopards added an insurance run in the sixth. Schreiber drew a lead-off walk and Amy Gebhardt sacrificed her into scoring position. Berger came through with the clutch RBI-single as Lafayette closed out the 9-6 win.

Gornick collected the first save of her career, throwing the final two innings while allowing just one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Cherry gave up six runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Hickman (6-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings.

In game one, Towson scored five runs in the second inning and pulled away to a 10-0 win in six innings. Balk’s only hit of the game was the biggest of the game, a three-run home run to left centerfield in that breakout inning.

The Tigers added two more in the third and one in the sixth.  Macie McGeehan (2-for-3, 2 RBI) singled home Towson’s sixth run of the day and Caitie Barber drew a bases-loaded walk in the third for the 7-0 lead. The visitors put away the game in the sixth on Mauren Hepner’s RBI-single.

The Leopards got to Missy McCormick for just two hits in the opener, a Brown single to center in the second and a Jenna Orlando bunt single to lead off the fifth.  McCormick (8-3) struck out eight and walked two. Melissa Robinson (2-9) took the defeat, allowing eight runs (three earned) on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

The Leopards continue their 12-game homestand, hosting Bucknell in a three-game conference series which begins Saturday at noon.