Lehigh Pitching Slows Lafayette Offense
April 7, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette softball team could never really get the bats going against Patriot League frontrunner Lehigh on Sunday, dropping both ends (9-1, 5-0) of a doubleheader at Kaufman Field.
Thing started out in promising fashion, however, as Lafayette scored a run in its first at-bat. The Leopards' top hitter this season, Brittany Paul, reached on a one-out single and Jordan Parsons followed with an RBI-double for the early lead. Unfortunately for the Leopards those were the only two hits of the game against Lehigh starter Rebecca Bliss who struck out five while winning her 10th game of the season.
The advantage only lasted until the bottom of the inning. Rosie Roessel singled to lead off the home first, stole second and Morgan Decker's single tied the game at 1-1.
Lehigh began to widen the gap with a three-spot in the third inning. Decker and Cassie Waggy doubled home a pair of runs and Kristin Taft singled in another. Another Lehigh run in the fourth on an error extended Lehigh's advantage to 5-1.
The Mountain Hawks (18-13-1, 6-2) put the mercy rule to use in the fifth, scoring four runs, two of which came plateward on Emma Capetz's single.
In the second game, Parsons broke up Emily Bausher's no-hitter in the top of the seventh in a 5-0 Leopard loss. Parsons was the fourth Lafayette baserunner in the game, reaching on a single.
The Leopards' best scoring chance came in the second inning after Lehigh's Liz Lucas had already staked the hosts to a 2-0 margin. In the top of the second, the Leopards had runners on the corners with no outs after a lead-off walk to Allison Brown and a Lehigh error. Victoria Vergona struck out for the first out of the inning. The Leopards tried to steal home, but Amy Gebhardt, who was pinch running for Brown, was out 2-6-3-2 to silence the mini rally.
Lehigh maintained control into the fifth when the Brown and White added two runs, one on Decker's infield single and the other on an infield error.
In the top of the seventh, Parsons ended Bausher's no-hit bid with a knock to left. Bausher (7-5) struck out the next three batters to end the game. For the game, she fanned 12 batters and walked two. Melissa Robinson (6-12) took the loss, allowing five runs (4 earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Lafayette (8-21, 2-6) next travels to Delaware for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m.