Four-Run Seventh Leads Bucknell to Saturday Sweep
April 5, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Bucknell took both games from Lafayette softball on a windy Saturday at Metzgar Fields, defeating the Leopards 7-3 in game one and 12-0 in the game two.
Allison Brown collected three hits and drove in two runs on the day to lead the Lafayette offense. Jenna Kulback had two base knocks and one RBI for the Leopards.
In the first game, Bucknell (14-15, 6-2) plated two runs in the top of the first inning on a double down the right field line by Mariah Midyette. The Bison tacked on another run in their half of the third inning on Midyette's sac fly to center.
The Leopards answered in the bottom half of the third. Amy Gebhardt walked, and Kristen Berger followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position with just one out. Brown singled up the middle to plate both and cut the Bucknell lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lafayette knotted the game at 3-3. Jenna Orlando walked with one out and then proceeded to steal second. After Stephanie Schreiber lined out, Kulback doubled to right to plate Orlando.
Bucknell responded in the seventh, scoring four runs. Mallory Lyons laid down a squeeze bunt that scored a pinch runner for the 4-3 advantage. Cheyanna Young had the big hit, doubling home two more.
The Leopards did not go quietly in the bottom of the seventh. The Maroon & White started the inning with back-to-back singles by Berger and Kelly Lallis. Bison pitcher Cindy Cherness retired the next two Lafayette batters until Kristyn Marinelli earned a two-out walk to load the bases for Orlando. The freshman shortstop lined out to her counterpart to end the game.
Cherness (3-1) pitched four innings in relief to pick up the victory for Bucknell. She allowed one run on three hits while walking four and striking out four. Melissa Robinson (2-10) went the distance for the Leopards, giving up nine hits and seven earned runs.
In the second game of the twinbill, the Bison scored seven runs in the first three innings to pull away to a 12-0 decision. In the second inning, Christina Martinez hit a three-run, opposite field home run. Bucknell then tacked on four runs on four hits in the third frame before adding two more in the fourth to lead 9-0.
Lafayette (3-21, 1-7) had three base runners reach via walks during the first three innings before the Maroon & White offense put together its only rally of the game in the fourth. Brown looped a base hit to center field to start the inning, followed by Marinelli drawing a walk to give the Leopards first and second with no outs. After a Bryn Gornick fly out, Kulback singled through the right side to load the bases with one out for Orlando. Bison pitcher Dana Nielson retired Orlando on strikes and got Schreiber to ground out to second to escape the jam.
Neilson (6-7) threw five innings, allowing two hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Lindsey Cherry (1-6) gave up five earned runs in 2.1 innings of work in the defeat.
The Leopards and Bison finish up their three-game set on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.