Rider Handles Leopard Softball 9-1 and 13-5
April 24, 2012
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Rider claimed both games in a Tuesday softball doubleheader, outhitting Lafayette 30-13 in 9-1 and 13-5 decisions.
In the first game, Rider (18-25-1) scored nine runs in the second and third innings. Madison Rittley, who went 3-for-3 with four RBI, drove home two runs in the second with a single to right. The Broncs added another run on a fielder's choice.
Rittley singled in two more runs in the third inning when the Broncs batted around the order. Lafayette committed a pair of errors in the inning as Rider took an 8-0 lead.
The Leopards (11-32) scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning, when Jordan Parsons scored on a wild pitch after reaching on an infield single.
Rittley was involved in the game-clinching run. She reached on a lead-off single, and the runner who pinch ran for her scored on Alyssa Paul's single. The game was decided by the eight-run mercy run.
Alex Campanaro (1-10) took the loss, surrendering nine runs (five earned) on 13 hits. Rachael Matreale (16-10) allowed one run on four hits while striking out six.
In the second game, Rider put the Leopards behind early, scoring six runs in the second against Lafayette starter Emily Noel. The Broncs banged out six hits while sending 10 batters to the plate. Lauren Davies drove in two runs with a single while Kelsey Krisch and Kehli Washington each singled in runs with singles.
In the third inning, Rider added four more runs, three of which scored on Allysen Breeden's double as the Broncs led 10-0.
The Leopards put up a crooked number on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Lauren Murphy (3-for-3) and Noel each doubled in runs while Carly Feiro and Madeline Allen single home scored to cut the deficit to 10-4.
Rider added two more runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth to finish off the game in five innings.
Noel (0-4) was the pitcher of record for Lafayette, allowing 13 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits in 4.1 innings. Campanaro threw the final third of an inning, allowing one hit.
Lafayette hosts Marist on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.