Softball Sends Off Seniors in Style
April 13, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Timely hitting and a strong pitching performance from senior Melissa Robinson handed Lafayette a 5-2 win over Colgate in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Metzgar Fields. Prior to the game, Robinson and fellow senior, Amy Gebhardt, were honored along with their families.
Things started off with a bang for the Leopards in the bottom of the first. Lead-off hitter Kristen Berger ripped a ball into the gap in left center and the leftfielder and centerfielder collided with neither catching the ball in the air. It rolled to the fence and head coach Jexx Varner waved the speedy Berger around third, allowing her to arrive safely at home for the team's first inside-the-park home run of the season.
Later in the inning, three straight hits put the Leopards up 2-0. Allison Brown singled and Kristyn Marinelli doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Bryn Gornick came through with a bloop single to plate a run.
The Leopards (5-25, 3-9) manufactured a run in the third after Berger's lead-off single. Kelly Lallis sacrificed her into scoring position. With two outs in the inning, Gornick connected for her second RBI-single of the day, smacking a Gillian Murray offering back through the box off the glove of the diving shortstop and into shallow center. Lafayette led 3-0.
Colgate (9-20, 2-7) helped the Leopards' cause in the fourth. Kulback singled to start the inning. Senior Amy Gebhardt tried to sacrifice her to second. The Colgate catcher scooped up the ball and tried to cut down Kulback at second, but instead airmailed the throw wide of second base. The errant toss rolled to the warning track, allowing Kulback to score and Gebhardt to move to third. She later scored on a groundout as Lafayette led 5-0.
The visitors added a run in each of the final two innings. In the sixth, the Raiders attempted the double steal with runners on first and third with one out. Lafayette tried for the out on the runner at first, but got neither to make it 5-1. In the seventh, Haley Fleming tripled home a run with two outs before Robinson ended the game by getting a groundout to short.
The Leopards' defense was solid on the afternoon as Berger and shortstop Jenna Orlando but made inning-ending diving plays to keep the game scoreless through five.
Robinson (3-12), who pitched 87th complete game of her career in the victory, struck out three and walked three while giving up the two runs on six hits. Murray (2-3) allowed three runs on six hits in the first three innings.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday at St. Joseph's in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
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