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Lafayette Registers First League Win

Melissa Robinson turned in a strong performance in a 3-1 game two win at Holy Cross.

April 7, 2012

Box Score (Game 1) | Box Score (Game 2)

WORCESTER, Mass. - Lafayette secured its first Patriot League victory of the young conference season, splitting a Saturday softball doubleheader with Holy Cross.

It was Lafayette (6-19, 1-5) that started the scoring in the first game. The Leopards put up three runs in the second inning. The Crusaders (4-20, 1-5) helped out the Leopards with two errors in that span. Gwen Turner's single to center plated two runs after a first scored on a throwing error.

Lauren Murphy led off the third with a single and freshman pinch runner Kelly Lallis scored with two outs in the inning on Melissa Robinson's single to left. Lafayette led 4-0.

Holy Cross got things going in the bottom of the third. Lead-off hitter Gwen Reimer tripled in a run and Kelliner Croushore scored her with a single, cutting the Lafayette led to 4-2.

The fourth inning proved to be pivotal. Reimer singled in two more runs to finish the game with three RBI and Nicole Ortiz doubled home a score as Holy Cross led 5-4.

Lafayette had opportunities to score in the fifth and sixth innings, placing a runner on third with two outs in the fifth and with one out in the sixth thanks to doubles by Stacey Dorn and Amy Gebhardt. The Leopards were unable to convert in the 5-4 final.

Robinson took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Julia Barrett was the winner, surrendering four runs (one earned) on eight hits with four K's.

In the second game, Lafayette's two-run third inning proved enough offense as Robinson was on her game on the rubber. She scattered seven hits and ceded a lone run in a 3-1 victory.



The only run Robinson gave up was a solo home to Sam Fregenti in the bottom of the second. The top of the next inning the Leopards scored a pair of runs with two outs in the inning. Gebhardt led off with a single and later scored on an RBI-single by Jordan Parsons. Murphy doubled her in for what held up as the game-winning run.

The Leopards tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Kristen Berger's lead-off single set the stage and Turner sacrificed her into scoring position. Parsons' second hit of the game ran the final to 3-1.

Robinson (5-11) and Barrett (3-8) switched decisions with Robinson winning game two. Robinson struck out six and did not walk a batter while Barrett surrendered three runs on eight hits.

The Leopards conclude the four-game Holy Cross series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.