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Lafayette Sweeps Rider Doubleheader

April 22, 2014

 Game 1 Boxscore | Game 2 Boxscore

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Bryn Gornick's big day helped propel the Leopards to a doubleheader sweep of Rider on Tuesday afternoon. Gornick captured the circle victory in game one and her grand slam in game two proved to be the difference.

In the first game, Lafayette used a five-run fifth inning to capture a 6-2 victory and in game two a five-run fifth sparked a 5-4 Leopard triumph.

The teams combined for three runs in the first inning of game one with Rider holding a 2-1 advantage in the early going. Kristen Berger walked, stole second and later scored on Kristyn Marinelli's fielder's choice for the first run of the game. The Leopards left two runners on in the first.

The Broncs answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning as a two-out error allowed two runs to cross.

In the decisive fifth, Lafayette had three hits and took advantage of two errors to send 10 batters to the plate and score five runs. Marinelli doubled in a run and Alex Jacinto singled home another. Berger drew a bases-loaded walk, and an error and a wild pitch led to two more runs as Lafayette ran the lead to 6-2.

Gornick and the Lafayette defense did the rest of the work. Gornick started a 1-6-3 doubleplay in the home half of the fifth and scattered three hits in the final two innings, improving her record to 2-1. Gornick allowed two runs (none earned) on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout. Megan McDonough (0-5) was the loser, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits with four walks.

In game two, Gornick's first career home run was of the grand variety, coming in the Leopards' second five-run fifth inning of the day. The Leopards trailed 3-0 heading into the inning. Marinelli plated the first run of the frame on an infield single with the bases loaded. Then, Gornick followed with the team's first grand slam of the season.

Rider (5-34) put two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, but Lafayette starter Lindsey Cherry was able to draw a groundout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rider pushed across a run on an RBI-single by Dana Sensi. With Lafayette leading 5-4 and runners on first and second, Cherry ended the game by striking out McDonough.

Cherry (3-9) struck out eight while giving up three earned runs in her third victory of the season. Montana Berg took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Lafayette (8-29) continues a busy week, travelling to Villanova on Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.