Feiro Walk-Off Homer Helps Hand Leopards Series Split
April 15, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Leopards used two dramatic home runs to capture game one vs. Colgate on Sunday at Metzgar Fields. Lauren Murphy tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run blast in the seventh inning and Carly Feiro walked off with a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th for a 3-2 win. Colgate's offense responded in the nightcap, belting out 15 hits in a 9-1 decision.
Melissa Robinson held Colgate (15-19, 9-3) hitless through the first four innings of the opener. In the fifth, the lead-off hitter, Emma Dolfi, homered to right field to break the scoreless tie.
Robinson continued to pitch well into the sixth, but the Raiders were handed a run in the inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Robinson got a shallow fly ball to center. Amy Gebhardt caught it and fired it home. Lafayette catcher Stacey Dorn blocked the plate and the runner, tagging from third, was called out at home to end the threat.
The teams cleared the field during the inning changeover. Meanwhile, the umpires met at the circle and overturned the call five minutes later, awarding a run on Jennifer Ortega's sac fly. That run loomed large.
In the seventh, Gwen Turner battled her way to an opposite-field single. With one out in the inning, Murphy turned on a Courtney O'Connell offering, smashing it over the leftfield wall. Murphy's first home run of the season tied the game at 2-2 and sent it to extra innings.
In the eight, Lafayette put runners on second and third with two outs, but O'Connell struck out Turner to end the inning and send the game to the ninth. In the top of the 10th, Colgate loaded the bases with one out, before Robinson was able to strikeout Alana Dyson and get Tera Vaughn to pop out to second to end the inning still tied.
In the home half, Feiro went big fly for the first time this season, as her walk-off shot to left awarded the Leopards the 3-2 victory.
It was all Colgate in the nightcap. The Raiders struck for three in the first and three in the third. Vaughn singled home the first run of the game and Dolfi plated two more with a single to lead 3-0.
Dolfi (2-for-3, 5 RBI) did the damage in the third inning, lofting a three-run home run to right center and Colgate added another in the fourth on Vaughn's run-scoring single.
The Raiders and the Leopards traded lead-off solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth. Murphy (3-for-3) connected for her second of the day and Natalie Siedhof added her fourth of the season in the 9-1 final.
Robinson (9-14) and O'Connell (8-8) each had a pair of decisions on Sunday, both going 1-1. Robinson threw 10 innings, allowing three runs on two hits with five strikeouts in game one. O'Connell surrendered three runs on seven hits in 9.1 innings while also fanning five. In game two, Robinson was touched up for eight runs on 11 hits in four innings before being relieved by Alex Campanaro (1 R, 4 H). O'Connell allowed one run on five hits.
Lafayette (10-23, 5-7) will have Monday off before hosting a non-conference doubleheader vs. Temple on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.