Pitching Hands Lafayette Doublheader Split
April 4, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette softball used a solid pitching performance from sophomore Melissa Robinson to capture the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader with Wagner, 4-1, at Metzgar Fields. The Leopards dropped the first game 9-7.
In game two, Lafayette scored all four of its runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, what should have been an inning-ending flyout by Lauren Murphy allowed two runs to score when the Wagner centerfielder dropped the ball.
That was all of the offense the Leopards and Robinson (4-9) needed. She scattered three hits (two in the final inning), allowing one run in seven innings. Olivia Zwick was the circle loser, ceding four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4.1 innings.
In the twinbill opener, Wagner's two big innings, four-run third and fourth frames, were the difference.
As game one started, Lafayette got on the scoreboard first. Jordan Parsons drew a two-out walk and later scored from first on a Murphy single to right center as Lafayette led 1-0.
In the third inning, Wagner scored all four runs with two outs. Kelsey Parker singled in two and Jessica Albarran and MacKenzie Alfaro used base hits to giver Wagner a 4-1 advantage.
Lafayette cut the Wagner lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Turner stole home on a double steal with Parsons after Turner's lead-off single. Stacey Dorn brought Parsons the final 60 feet.
Emily Noel came on in relief of Lafayette starting pitcher Alex Campanaro in the top of the fourth inning. The Seahawks scored four more in the fourth. Alfaro accounted for two of the runs with a two-out single that prompted Lafayette head coach Meaghan Asselta to go back to Campanaro to finish out the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Dorn inched the Leopards closer. She ripped a two-out, two-run double to leftfield as Lafayette trailed 8-5.
Lafayette did a two-for-one in the sixth inning. The Leopards put runners on second and third with one out. Victoria Vergona smoked a single to left center to plate two Leopard baserunners and trim the deficit to 9-7.
The Leopards could not get anything going in the bottom of the seventh in the team's second-longest game of the season (2:15).
Campanaro (1-6) was the pitcher of record for Lafayette, striking out five while giving up five runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. Samantha Becker (4-9) allowed seven runs on 12 hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Lafayette has a quick turnaround, playing a single game at Drexel on Thursday at 3 p.m..