Delaware Claims Two One-Run Decisions
April 9, 2013
NEWARK, Del. - A 30-win Delaware softball team took a pair of one-run games from Lafayette in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday.
In the opener, Gabby Klecko doubled home two Blue Hen runs including the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth for the 4-3 final. In the nightcap, all of scoring came in the first two innings as a Lafayette error led to the decisive run in the bottom of the second for a 3-2 final.
In the second inning of game one, the team's exchanged runs. Victoria Vergona and Bryn Gornick helped load the bases, each with a single. Amy Gebhardt drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk for the early 1-0 lead. The Leopards were pushing for more runs, but a lineout doubleplay ended the rally.
It was s similar story for Delaware (30-8) in the bottom of the inning as the Blue Hens left the bases loaded after scoring a run on a fielder's choice. Delaware took the lead with a run in the third. Gina Knutson doubled, stole third and then scored on a throwing error on the steal for the 2-1 advantage.
The Leopards (8-23) posted two runs in the fourth. Kristen Berger drew a bases-loaded walk to knot the game at two and Brittany Paul put the Leopards ahead with an infield single that knocked Delaware starter Amanda Stacevicz from the game. Lafayette's lead held until the bottom of the fifth when Klecko (2-for-3) doubled home Stacevicz (2-for-3) and Tori Conrad (single).
Gornick (2-7) took the loss, allowing four runs (3 earned) on nine hits with a strikeout. Chenxi Jiao gave up just one hit with two K's in 3.1 innings for the victory.
In game two, there wasn't any offense after the first two innings. Vergona got things started for the Leopards in the first. With Paul aboard, she ripped a pitch over the wall in left field.
The advantage lasted only until the bottom of the inning. Jessica Grisler legged out a lead-off triple and later scored on Shelby Jones' single. A Lafayette throwing miscue moved Jones to third and Conrad scored her with a single through the left side of the infield to tie things up.
Lafayette's defense proved to be its undoing in the second. With two outs in the inning, a ball was misplayed in the outfield, putting Hannah George at second. Grisler followed with an RBI single for the 3-2 lead.
The Leopards did not really threaten until the top of the seventh. Allison Thomas doubled with one out in the inning, forcing Delaware to go to the bullpen Jiao. Gebhardt sacrificed Thomas to third. Allison Brown drew a two-out walk before Jiao ended the game when Jenna Kulback popped out to the catcher.
Kaitlin Perrine dropped her third decision of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts. Kiersten Coffman improved to 8-0 with the win. She spread out two runs on six hits before giving way to Jiao for her sixth save of the season.
Lafayette returns to action on Wednesday in a doubleheader at Marist. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.