Leopards Run Win Streak to Four With Villanova Sweep
April 23, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Lafayette softball ran its win streak to four games with a Wednesday doubleheader sweep of Villanova in non-conference action. The Leopards used a four-run sixth inning to collect a 5-2 win in game one. In game two, Kelly Lallis went 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored in an 8-4 final.
In the opener, the game was scoreless through four and a half innings before Villanova struck with a run on Randi Josett's double. The Wildcats added another single tally in the fifth on Natalia Segovia's hit to center.
The sixth inning was the decisive one for the Leopards. Allison Brown doubled in two runs to knot the game at 2-2. With two outs in the inning, Melissa Robinson came through with an RBI-single up the middle and Jenna Kulback drew a bases-loaded walk to push the Leopards' lead to 4-2.
Lafayette added an insurance run in the seventh. Jenna Orlando led off with a double and a passed ball and a wild pitch brought her homeward as Lafayette extended the final to 5-2.
Robinson (4-14) collected the win in front of a hometown crowd, throwing all seven while allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
The Leopards continued their momentum in game two. The offense got started right away, plating two runs in the first inning on Bryn Gornick's RBI-single.
Villanova (17-28) tied the game with two of its own in the fourth on a Brette Lawrence sac fly and a solo home run off the bat of Sierra McConnell.
Lafayette took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. Jenna Kulback put the Leopards ahead 3-2 with an RBI-single and Orlando's two-run triple stretched the advantage to 5-2.
The Maroon and White added three more runs in the top of the seventh to put away the game. Kristen Berger (sac fly) and Lallis (RBI-triple) and Allison Brown (bunt single) all drove in runs in the inning for the 8-4 final.
The team's 16 base hits is the most in a single game since April 30, 2009 when they registered 17 hits against Fairleigh Dickinson in a five-inning contest.
Gornick (3-1) was credited with the win, tossing two innings while allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout. Lindsey Cherry who came on in the sixth, notched her first career save, holding Villanova hitless in the final 1.1 innings.
Lafayette (10-29) wraps up Patriot League play this weekend at Boston University. The three-game series begins at noon on Saturday with a doubleheader.