Vergona Goes 4-for-4 With Three Doubles vs. Rider
April 23, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Victoria Vergona went 4-for-4 at the plate in the Leopards' 5-4 non-conference loss to Rider on Tuesday evening at Metzgar Fields. Vergona drove in two runs and finished with three doubles as the first Lafayette player to register four hits in a game this season.
The Broncs scored a run in the top of the first. Kehli Washington reached and the speedy lead-off hitter later scored on Kim Valdes' single down the line.
The lead did not hold for long as the Leopards responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Vergona's first double scored Bryn Gornick who had reached on a one-out single. Jordan Parsons and Kristen Berger (2-for-4) had consecutive singles, the second of which scored Vergona for the 2-1 lead.
Rider (8-36) took control of the game with three runs in the third inning when it sent nine batters to the plate. Valdes doubled in a run and Emily Cottrell tripled in two more as her liner eluded Allison Thomas in rightfield and rolled to the wall. The Broncs stranded three runners in the inning.
Trailing 4-2, the Leopards had a solid chance to get a run back in the bottom of the third. Vergona missed her third home run of the year by about a foot, doubling off the wall in right centerfield. The inning came to an abrupt end when Parsons flew out to right. After the ball had been thrown back into the infield, Vergona stepped off second and was tagged out to end the inning.
Cottrell extended Rider's advantage to 5-2 when she hit a bloop single to score Washington who had reached on a bunt to start the inning.
In the fifth, the Leopards (11-35) featured the top of the order at the plate. Vergona singled home Gornick who was at third thanks to Melissa Robinson's double. Berger closed the gap to 5-4 when she dropped a single in behind Rider starting pitcher Ali Meagher.
The Leopards' Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters were their last chance in the seventh. Robinson put a ball deep in the hole, but shortstop Gina McCool, who had five assists on the day, made a stop and a strong throw to retire her. Vergona's fourth hit of the day was her third double and it put the tying run at second with one out. Parsons fouled out and Berger grounded out weakly to second to end the game.
Meagher allowed four runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and did not walk a batter in her second win of the season. Robinson gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
The Leopards remain at home for their next six games, hosting Villanova in a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. and facing Army in a four-game set this weekend.