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Pards Bounce Back For Twinbill Split

April 19, 2014

 Game 1 Boxscore | Game 2 Boxscore

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Lafayette bounced back from a 9-0 series-opening loss to Army by capturing game two, 8-2. A six-run fourth inning was the impetus for the Leopards who earned the Saturday doubleheader split in Patriot League softball action.

In the opener, Lafayette and Army were tied at 2-2 through two. Jenna Orlando lifted a single to rightfield to score a pair in the top of the inning, but Army tied the game in the bottom half on Alex Gaff's single.

The Leopards exploded for six runs in the fourth inning, their biggest scoring inning of the season. Amy Gebhardt (double), Orlando (single) and Kristen Berger (single) each drove in runs as Lafayette took control of the game. Allison Brown drew a bases-loaded walk and Kristyn Marinelli (fielder's choice) accounted for two more runs as Lafayette led 8-2.

Lafayette starting pitcher Lindsey Cherry kept the Army offense in check, throwing her second complete game of the season. Cherry (2-8) gave up one earned run on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Caroline Smith, who was the winner in game one, took the loss in the nightcap on seven earned runs with three strikeouts and three walks.

In the series opener, the Army offense was ready to go and scored nine runs over the first four innings to capture a 9-0 decision.

April Ortenzo hit a solo homer and Smith singled in another run as Army took a 2-0 lead in the first. The Black Knights added three more in the second with Ortenzo (3-for-3) accounting for one run with a single. The Leopards complicated things with an error that plated another on Alee Rashenskas' infield single.

Army added two more in each of the third and fourth innings. Ali Cleinmark and Savanna Aversa drove in runs with singles with Cleinmark's base knock sending Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson from the circle. West Point put away the game in the fourth as Alyssa Strobehn (double) and Gaff (single) brought home runs.

Offensively for Lafayette, Kelly Lallis had two of the Leopards' five hits in the game. Lafayette had its best scoring chance in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs. Smith (12-11), who claimed the five-inning victory while striking out two, got Brown to pop up to shortstop to end the game.

Robinson (3-14) allowed five earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks  before giving way to Bryn Gornick (1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER).

Lafayette (6-28, 4-10) and Army (18-22, 6-5) close out the series with single game on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.