Marist Cools Off Leopard Bats
April 10, 2013
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Lafayette softball team dropped both halves of a non-conference mid-week twinbill on Wednesday afternoon at Marist.
In the first game, Marist (13-15) broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fourth and then pounded out three more in the fifth for the 5-2 final. In game two, Marist pitcher Janine Lalli held Lafayette to just one hit, a Melissa Robinson single, in an 8-0 final.
Marist's Alyssa Zahka tripled home the first two runs of the opener, smacking a 2-2 pitch to centerfield to drive in a pair of runs.
In the fifth, Lafayette cut the lead in half. Robinson reached on a lead-off single to center and later scored from third base on a double-steal attempt. Allison Thomas, whose single put Robinson at third, was out on the play to end the inning with Lafayette trailing 2-1.
The fifth was the big inning for the hosts. With the bases loaded, Danielle Koltz ripped the first Robinson offer to right centerfield to score a pair of runs. The Red Foxes extended the lead to 5-1 with Nicole Cheek's RBI-single.
Lafayette (8-25) pushed across a run in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the inning, Robinson (2-for-3) started things with a single, later scoring on Thomas' RBI-single down the rightfield line for the 5-2 final.
Robinson gave up five runs on seven hits in her 16th start of the season. She struck out three. Marist starter Melanie White earned the win with two runs (one earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Marist erupted for five runs in the third and pulled away for an 8-0 win in six innings. Aly Klemmer had the big hit of the inning with a three-run home run on a 1-1 pitch from starter Bryn Gornick.
The Red Foxes added three more in the sixth all on the long ball. Colleen McWilliams hit a solo shot and Cheek added a two-run home run.
The Leopards had just four baserunners in the game and their lone hit came in the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning, Allison Brown drew a walk. Robinson followed with a single, and a wild pitch put punch runner Kelly Lallis at third. The inning ended with a Gornick groundout.
Gornick was the pitcher of record for Lafayette, allowing eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5.2 innings. Lalli struck out two and walked two in the victory.
Lafayette will get back to Patriot League play at noon on Saturday at Bucknell as the Leopards begin a four-game Patriot League series.
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