Softball Comes Up Just Short in Second of Two With Army

Go Leopards!

April 8, 2000

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A four-run ninth-inning rally by Lafayette was done one better by Army, as the Cadets put up five runs in their final at-bat to sneak past the Leopards, 9-8, in the second game of a Patriot League twinbill on Saturday.

Lafayette's offense got going in the first inning. Freshman Mara Shainheit (Mt. Holly, N.J./ Rancocas Valley Regional) led off the inning with a walk and promptly stole second base. Junior Becky Chmielowski (Mountaintop, Pa./Crestwood) reached on an error by the shortstop, setting the stage for sophomore Kelly Wise (Whitestone, N.Y./St. Franics Prep) who plated the two runners with a double.

Army responed with two runs of its own in the home half of the first, when Jennifer Knowlden singled home two runs to tie the score at 2-2.

The Leopards regained the lead in second inning on an RBI single from Shainheit.Neither team scored in the next three innings, sending the Leopards into the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead.

Lafayette tacked on what looked to be an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Wise doubled home her second run of the game to give Lafayette a a 4-2 lead going into the Cadets' last at-bat.

The hosts were up to the task, however, scoring two runs in the inning on an RBI-single from Sarah Thornton and a bases loadded walk.

Neither Lafayette nor Army scored in the eighh, but both teams' offenses answered in the ninth. Lafayette scored on RBI-doubles from Wise and Chmielowski and an RBI single from Junior Gina Galati (McMurray, PA/Canon-McMillan). Wise scored the Leopards' fourth and final run of the inning on an error by the catcher. The Leopards led 8-3.

Army scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to take home the win. Misty Munoz and Nicole Robbins each managed RBI-singles and Kathy Mitroka hit a sac fly to bring Army within one at 8-7. The designated hitter Sarah Thornton dealt the game-winning blow for Army with a two-out, two-run double to put the final at 9-8.

Freshman Kathy Vassos (Wilmington, Del.) took the loss for Lafayette, while Shauna Evans got the mound win.



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