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Saturday Split Comes In Extra Innings

April 20, 2013

Game 1Game 2

HAMILTON, N.Y. -Lafayette rallied in the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader with Colgate to tie the game at 4-4 before winning the game 5-4 in the eighth inning. Colgate took game one 7-2.

In the seventh inning of the nightcap, Amy Gebhardt started things with an infield single. Two groundouts moved Gebhardt to third, and the Leopards were down to their last out.Melissa Robinson, the starting pitcher in both games, reached on an error and Gebhardt scored to tie the game.

As the game moved to extra innings, Kristen Berger (3-for-4) and Stephanie Schreiber each reached on singles. Brittany Paul's two-out single on an 0-1 pitch scored Berger from third for the 5-4 lead.

Robinson closed out the game in the bottom of the eighth, retiring Colgate's Nos. 6, 7 and 8 hitters for the team's third Patriot League victory. Robinson (8-16) allowed four runs on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks. Megan Carnase took the loss, surrendering five runs (two earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

In the opening game of the four-game series, Colgate did the bulk of its scoring in the beginning of the game. Emmie Dolfi (3-for-4) singled home a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and Marisa Dowling's base knock in the second game gave the hosts a 3-0 lead.

Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, the Leopards got on the scoreboard. Jordan Parsons' lead-off double allowed her to score later in the inning on a wild pitch after Berger had sacrificed her to third.

In the sixth, Haley Fleming's three-run home run extended the Raiders' lead to 7-1.

The Leopards tacked on a run in the seventh on Berger's infield single, but Colgate starting pitcher Courtney O'Connell stranded three Leopard baserunners to end the game. O'Connell allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Robinson fanned three and gave up six earned runs on 15 hits.

The Leopards (10-33, 3-11) and Raiders (14-22, 8-6) wind up the series on Sunday beginning at noon.