Softball Plays Final Tune-Up Before Crucial Weekend Series
April 26, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette had a final tune-up before its crucial Patriot League weekend series with Bucknell. The Leopards dropped a pair of games, 4-1 and 13-5, to Marist on Thursday evening at Metzgar Fields.
In the opener, the Red Foxes scored single runs in four innings. In the first, Ashley Corriss led off the game with a single. She scored on Megan Lamoreux's single and an error on the play. Marist never trailed in the game.
As the game moved to the fourth, Marist (24-19) bunted home a run that was also aided by an error. The next inning Danielle Klotz doubled home Lamoreux for a 3-0 advantage. Marist finished off its scoring in the sixth inning with Haley Birnbaum's lead-off home run as Marist led 4-0.
Lafayette got on the board in the sixth. Carly Feiro, who had two of the team's seven hits, doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the 4-1 final.
Alex Campanaro (1-11) tossed 5.1 innings in the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts. Emily Noel finished off the game, throwing 1.2 innings of hitless softball. For Marist, Melanie White (5-8) claimed the win, surrendering one run on seven hits in six innings. Emily Osterhaus collected the save.
In game two, Lafayette scored four runs in the first, but could not hold on to the early lead as Marist struck for five in the third and eight in the final three innings in a 13-5 final.
In the opening frame, Stacey Dorn singled and later scored on an error. It was the first of three RBI-singles for the Leopards in the span as Melissa Robinson (2-for-3) and Feiro also came through for the Maroon and White who led 4-0.
The Red Foxes seized the momentum with a five-run fifth inning. Alyssa Zahka drove in two runs with a single and later scored on Aly Klemmer's sixth home run of the season, a two run job that put Marist ahead 5-4.
Zahka (3-for-5 with 5 RBI) was at it again in the sixth, doubling home a pair of runs as part of a three-run sixth inning that padded Marist's lead to 9-4. The Red Foxes added four more in the seventh while Lafayette scored a fifth run in the bottom of the inning on Kristen Berger's two-out single.
Robinson (10-19) threw all seven innings for the Leopards, allowing 13 runs (eight earned) on 16 hits with five strikeouts. Paige Lewis (3-5) garnered the victory, ceding five runs (three earned) on nine hits in seven innings.
In league play, Lafayette (11-34, 5-11) still controls its own post-season destiny, looking for the program's first conference tournament appearance since 2009. The Leopards host Bucknell (9-32, 3-13) on Saturday and Sunday for a four-game Patriot League series that will decide the final team in the four-team Patriot League Tournament field. Lafayette will reserve its spot by winning two games against the Bison. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m.. On Sunday, the doubleheader will begin at 12:30 p.m. after Lafayette's four seniors are honored as part of senior day.