Leopards Capture Holy Cross Series
April 8, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - It took extra innings before Lafayette finished off a 2-1 win over Holy Cross in the first game of a softball doubleheader on Easter Sunday. In the second contest, Lafayette left no doubt, scoring five runs in the middle innings to top the Crusaders 7-1 to take the season series. Melissa Robinson earned both victories in the circle.
As the first game opened, Holy Cross helped out the Leopards' offense. Gwen Turner singled up the middle, stole second and moved to third on an error by the catcher. A second error in the inning allowed Turner to score the first run of the game.
The advantage lasted until the bottom of the inning when Kelliner Croushore drove in Gwem Reimer who had led off with a single. Robinson stopped things after Reimer tied the game, getting the final two outs of the inning to strand two runners.
That was all of the offense either team could muster until the eighth inning of a game scheduled for seven. In the eighth, Jordan Parsons ripped a double down the leftfield line as the lead-off batter. Lauren Murphy sacrificed her to third. Then, Stacey Dorn connected for a two-bagger that advanced Parsons homeward to put the Leopards ahead 2-1.
Holy Cross (4-22, 1-7) put the game-winning run on third base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Robinson struck out the final batter to clinch the victory. She gave up one run on eight hits with five strikeouts in the win while Julia Barrett (2 R, 7H, 2K) took the loss.
There wasn't nearly as much suspense in the series finale when the Leopards scored five runs combined in the third and fourth innings for a 7-1 triumph. Parsons and Murphy each drove in a pair of runs while Dorn had three hits in the final game.
In the third, Turner singled in Madeline Allen (one-out single) and Parsons doubled in two more runs for the 3-0 margin.
Holy Cross made a pitching chance to start the fourth inning, but the Maroon and White still managed to push across two runs, one scoring on a wild pitch and the second on Holy Cross' only error of the game.
Lafayette sealed the deal with two more runs in the top of the seventh. Murphy doubled and found the gap in right centerfield to pad the final to 7-1.
Robinson (7-11), who won three of the four games in the Holy Cross series, claimed the victory in the finale. She allowed one run on seven hits with two strikeouts. Barrett (3-10), who threw three innings and was also the starter in all four series games, allowed three runs on four hits in the loss.
Lafayette (8-19, 3-5) next hosts St. Joseph's on Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.