Robinson's Pitching Performances Not Enough
April 21, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The final day of the Lafayette-Army Patriot League series ended much the way it started - with outstanding pitching performances by both teams. Lafayette's Melissa Robinson and Army's Morgan Lashley went head-to-head for two more games on Saturday.
Lashley and the Black Knights (31-15, 13-3) got the best of the Leopards (11-30, 5-11) in both meetings Saturday, winning a pair of 1-0 decisions. In the first game, Lashley held Lafayette to one hit (a single by Kristen Berger in the sixth inning) and just three baserunners.
Robinson was just as sharp, limiting the Black Knight to three hits in the game. Army scored its lone run in the fourth. Alex Reynolds reached on a lead-off walk and moved to second on fielding error. Marina Northup doubled to right to score Reynolds for the 1-0 lead.
That run held up as Lashley faced the minimum of 15 batters in the final five innings in an effort that included seven strikeouts.
In game two, the fourth inning proved to be the only blemish for the Leopards who committed two errors in the inning. Amanda Nguyen's (2-for-3) single started things for Army and she moved to second on an error on the play. Nguyen eventually scored on Alexis AuBuchon's sac fly for the only run of the game.
The Leopards put a runner in scoring position in the top of that inning. Gwen Turner led off with an infield single and moved to second on a sac bunt, but was stranded after a strikeout and a popout.
Robinson had two of the Leopards' four hits in the game with singles in the second and fifth innings.
Lashley (27-11) struck out three in the game two win while Robinson (10-18) gave up one run on four hits and a strikeout.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday, travelling to Rider for a doubleheader at 3 p.m.