Army Blanks Leopards
April 20, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The pitching was there. The defense was solid. But, the offense just couldn't get going in a Patriot League doubleheader with Army. The Black Knights shut out Lafayette 2-0 and 4-0 on Friday evening.
In the opener, Lafayette had six hits to Army's seven but the Leopards did not advance a runner past second base and left seven runners on base. Jordan Parsons had two hits in the series opener.
Army scored all of the offense it needed in the third inning. Alexis AuBuchon doubled to left to score Amanda Nguyen. The Black Knights had an opportunity for more, but Gwen Turner threw out an Army baserunner at home to end the rally.
In the fifth, an early error was erased by Lafayette on 5-6-1 doubleplay. Army still managed a run, when Alex Reynolds singled home April Ortenzo for the 2-0 advantage.
Lafayette had two of its six hits vs. Army starter Morgan Lashley in the sixth, but could not inch closer. She struck out seven while Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.
In the nightcap, it was more of the same for the Leopards who again had six hits.
Army spread its offense out, scoring single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings while riding another pitching performance by Lashley. Aubuchon made up most of the offense, recording three hits with two doubles and a single while driving in two of the runs. Marina Northup and Ali Cleinmark each knocked in runs for the second-place Black Knights (29-15, 11-3).
Leopards' freshman shortstop Kristen Berger had a pair of hits in game two.
Robinson (10-16) took the loss, allowed four runs on 10 hits while Ashley (25-11) struck out five and walked two.
The teams close out the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.