Delaware State Takes Two From Leopards
April 3, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Delaware State outlasted Lafayette to capture both games of a mid-week non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday at chilly Metzgar Fields. Lafayette played from behind in the first game, losing a 5-2 decision and did just he opposite in game two, leading from the outset before Delaware State scored two runs in the seventh for a 5-4 decision.
In game one, Delaware State got to Leopard starter Bryn Gornick in the fourth in a quickly moving game. Rochelle Sablay's run-scoring single gave the Hornets the early lead. The Leopards ended the inning by turning their first doubleplay of the season, a 6-4-3 twinkilling.
Delaware State (7-20) created some breathing room in the sixth. With Chloe Oro aboard at second not so subtly signaling pitch location, Jennifer Fishbach homered to straightaway center for the 3-2 lead. Delaware State added two more in the seventh on Oro's two-run single up the middle.
The Leopards pushed across two runs in their final at-bat. Parsons reached on an error and later scored on Gornick's RBI-groundout. Madeline Allen smacked a single up the middle to plate Melissa Robinson with two outs. The Leopards had runners aboard at second and third when Amy Gebhardt struck out to end the game.
Gornick (2-4) took the loss, giving up five runs (3 earned) on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Stephanie Sarris, who surrendered her first hit in the fourth to Kelly Lallis, allowed two runs (none earned) on three hits with a pair of walks and nine strikeouts.
The Leopards (7-18) got things going much earlier in game two, pushing across a run in the second. Allison Brown doubled to lead off the inning and Robinson was able to sacrifice Gebhardt, who pinch ran for Brown, to third. With two outs in the inning, Alex Jacinto (2-for-2) put the Leopards on the scoreboard with her RBI-single.
The Leopards extended the advantage with two runs in the third. Brittany Paul singled and later scored on a wild offering by relief pitcher Fischbach. Brown gave Lafayette the 3-0 lead with her sac fly.
Delaware State tied the game in the fourth. Sandy Hawthorne singled in a run and two more scored on an infield error.
In the fifth, Kristen Berger started things for the Maroon and White with a single. With Berger at second after a sacrifice by Paul, Jordan Parsons took a pitch the opposite way to plate Berger for the go-ahead run and a 4-3 lead.
Lafayette carried the advantage in the seventh, but three straight singles by Delaware State, the final one by Sablay, tied the game at 5-5. Robinson faced Hawthorne with the bases loaded and one out. She hit a ball to left that was misplayed and allowed a run to score. Robinson ended the inning herself, snaring a liner back up the middle and then doubling off Hawthorne at first.
The Maroon and White looked to be in business in the seventh. Lallis stroked a double into the gap to lead off the inning. Berger moved her to third with a bunt. Sarris retired Paul (liner) and Parsons (groundout) to end the game.
Robinson (5-11) was hit with the loss, giving up five runs (2 earned) on 10 hits with one strikeout. Sarris notched her second victory of the day, throwing the final 3.1 innings while allowing just one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
The Leopards will resume Patriot League play on Saturday and Sunday with a four-game series at Lehigh.