Leopards Split With Second-Place Colgate
April 14, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette got the best of a Saturday afternoon pitchers' duel with Colgate, winning 3-1 in the series opener before losing a slugfest in the nightcap, 11-5, in Patriot League softball action.
Lafayette led from start to finish in the first game. The Leopards took advantage of four Colgate (13-18, 7-2) errors in the first inning. Kristen Berger's lead-off single and error by the leftfielder to left started things, leaving her at second base. Gwen Turner sacrificed Berger to third for the first out of the inning.
Then, the errors began to catch up with Colgate, as the shortstop missed a shallow popup and then overthrew the catcher, allowing Berger to score on the fielding error and Jordan Parsons to grab an extra base on the throwing error. Stacey Dorn came to the plate with two outs in the inning and ripped a single through the right side as Lafayette led 2-0.
Starting pitcher Melissa Robinson cruised for the Leopards, including the fifth inning when she struck out the side. In the bottom of the inning, Lafayette added an insurance run when Parsons lined a double down the line to score Turner.
In the seventh, Stephanie Hartquist (2-for-3) started off things for Colgate in style lifting a Robinson offering out of the park for the Raiders' lone run of the game. Robinson retired three of the next four batters to end the game.
Robinson struck out five in her eighth win of the season, allowing one run on six hits. Courtney O'Connell took the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits with three K's.
Lafayette (9-21, 4-5) continued its momentum in the second game, scoring a single run in each of the first three innings.
The Leopards used small ball in the first. Berger was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and then moved 60 feet closer on Turner's sac bunt. Berger scored on Parsons' sac fly for the early lead.
Colgate did all of its scoring in bunches, combing for 10 runs in the fifth and in the sixth innings. The Raiders finished the game with 17 hits with Jennifer Ortega and Emma Dolfi each going 4-for-5.
RBI-doubles by Tera Vaughn and Hartquist and run-scoring singles from Ortega and Eileen Ornousky gave Colgate its first lead of the day, 5-3, in the fifth. The Raiders sent nine batters to the plate during the inning.
Lafayette cut that deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth. Amy Gebhardt (2-for-3) doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on Parsons' two-out single.
The Raiders struck for five more in the sixth, batting around the order. Dolfi and Ornousky each singled in a pair of runs as Colgate led 10-4. Dorn and Ortega added solo homers for their teams in the sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 11-5 final.
O'Connell (7-7) allowed five runs on 11 hits for the win, while Robinson (8-13) gave up five runs (three earned) on 10 hits with three strikeouts.
The teams will be back at it on Sunday, playing a doubleheader beginning at noon.