Robinson Hurls Two-Hitter in Series Split With Gate
April 21, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Lafayette split a softball doubleheader with Colgate on Sunday and halved the four-game Patriot League series. Spurred by Melissa Robinson's two-hitter, the Leopards managed their third shutout of the season in game one, winning 3-0 before dropping the series finale 5-4.
The Leopards scored all of the offense they would need in the first inning. Freshman Brittany Paul led off with a single. A wild pitch and an error placed her at third. Robinson then lifted a 1-2 pitch to rightfield and Paul scored on an error by the catcher for the 1-0 lead.
It was a close game throughout despite the Leopards' early score. Lafayette created some breathing room in the top of the seventh. Amy Gebhardt and Paul (3-for-4) each doubled home a run off Colgate starter Bridget Ieuter (3R, 7H, 2K, 1BB, 6.1 IP).
In the bottom of the seventh, Robinson and the Leopard defense continued to perform well. Robinson enticed Colgate batter into three of their 15 groundouts in the game to close it out. Robinson threw her third shutout of the season, walking four while striking out one. She allowed a single in the third and a double in the fourth, but no Colgate baserunner made it past second base.
In game two, the long ball was the Leopards' downfall in the 5-4 final. A solo shot by Marisa Dowling and a two-run round-tripper by Alex Gadiano led to the Raiders' decisive three-run sixth inning.
Lafayette struck first in the finale. Stephanie Schreiber (single) and Gebhardt (groundout) both knocked in run for a 2-0 lead after one and a half innings. The Leopards' cause was aided by an error and two wild pitches from starter Courtney O'Connell.
In the bottom of the inning, however, Natalie Siedhof homered on a 3-2 Robinson offering to cut Lafayette's lead to 2-1. Colgate tied the game in the fourth when Alana Dyson singled down the line to even the score at 2-2.
As the game moved to the top of the fifth, the Maroon and White regained the lead. Jordan Parsons singled home Robinson for the 3-2 advantage.
Colgate (15-23, 9-7) took control of the game with its three-run fifth inning and chased Robinson from the circle, but the Leopards were not done. Trailing 5-3, Lafayette pushed across a run. Paul slapped a ball through the left side with one out in the inning. With two down, Robinson (3-for-4), knocked in Paul with a single to right. Back-to-back walks to Victoria Vergona and Parsons loaded the bases. Kristen Berger came to the plate and lined out to end the game.
O'Connell (8-7) got the win, allowing four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Robinson (9-17) gave up five runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings in the loss. Bryn Gornick tossed the other two-thirds of an inning, getting the final two outs of the sixth inning.
Lafayette (11-34, 4-12) has a busy week at Metzgar Fields. The Leopards host Rider on Tuesday at 3 p.m., Villanova on Thursday at 3 p.m. and Army on Saturday and Sunday in a four-game Patriot League series.