St. Peter's Sixth Innings Slow Leopards
April 16, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - The sixth inning proved decisive in both ends of Wednesday's softball doubleheader with St. Peter's as the Peahens combined to score nine runs in that span for 7-4 and 7-3 finals.
The fourth inning was more of the same with Marinelli again starting the inning with a free pass. Lafayette loaded the bases and Stephanie Schreiber drew a one-out walk to bring home a run. The Leopards settled for just the one score, as Jenna Orlando struck out and Kristen Berger lined out to end the rally with the bags loaded.
The hosts tied the game in the fifth on Francesa D'Amato's two-run triple, but Lafayette answered in the top of sixth with two runs. Orlando and Kelly Lallis each singled home runs as the Leopards led 4-2.
In the bottom of the inning, St. Peter's took its first lead of the afternoon, sending across five runs. Stephanie Gilronan legged out a two-run triple and Amber Valesquez knocked in two more with a single for the 7-4 final.
Lindsey Cherry allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out six, but walked five in a no-decision. Marinelli (0-5), took the loss, surrendering three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Erica Colon (4-12) was the winner, tossing six innings while giving up four runs on seven hits with seven walks and four strikeouts. Crystal Carlucci collected the save, throwing a scoreless seventh.
In game two, a four-run sixth inning was the difference, pushing St. Peter's to a 7-3 final.
Lafayette spotted the Peahens two in the third inning when Michelle Tinajero connected for a two-run single. The Leopards did not wait long to tie the game, however, scoring two of their own in the top of the fourth. Bryn Gornick's double got things going and she later scored on Orlando's sac fly. Lafayette tied the game with a run on an error.
Leading 3-2, St. Peter's churned out four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kristi Kaneyuki's run-scoring double accounted for half of the runs as Colon added an RBI single for the 7-2 advantage.
The Leopards scored a lone run in the seventh as Gornick (2-for-3) doubled home Melissa Robinson.
Robinson (3-13) allowed five runs on seven runs on nine hits with three walks in the loss.
Lafayette returns to Patriot League play on Saturday, beginning a three-game series with Army at 1 p.m.