Army Takes Two on Saturday
April 27, 2013
EASTON, Pa. -Lafayette played some of its best softball of the Patriot League season, but saw Army take both games of Saturday's doubleheader at Metzgar Fields, 3-1 in 10 innings in game one and 1-0 in game two.
In game one, Lafayette played its third straight extra-inning affair of the week. The Black Knights (28-20, 10-8) scored in the first and the Leopards answered with a run in the third before six straight scoreless innings sent the game all the way to the 10th.
In the first frame, the speedy Christian McKone reached on an error and created some distraction on the basepaths, stealing second. An infield single put runners on the corners with one out. Alex Reynolds grounded out to drive in McKone for the 1-0 lead.
The Leopards (11-39, 4-14) evened things in the third. Brittany Paul and Bryn Gornick each reached on one-out singles. The next batter up, Melissa Robinson ripped a double to rightfield to score Paul and put Gornick at third. The Leopards stranded two runners in the inning.
Robinson and Army starter Morgan Lashley didn't face much resistance through the middle innings and the game went to extra innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Lafayette loaded the bases with two outs. Paul took the count to 3-2 and fouled off two pitches before flying out to right centerfield to end the threat.
Buoyed by the narrow escape in the ninth, Army responded with two runs. Singles by Kasey McCravey and Reynolds and a walk drawn by April Ortenzo loaded the bases with one out. The next batter, Bernadette Cardon, grounded softly enough to Kristen Berger at second base, allowing Reynolds to score. Another groundout by Rae Anne Payleitner stretched Army's lead to 3-1.
In the bottom of the 10th, Gornick (3-for-5) led off with a single, but came no closer to home the rest of the inning.
Lashley collected the win, allowing one run on eight hits with six strikeouts. Robinson (9-20) gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits with two K's.
Lashley squared off with Gornick in the circle in game two and things were scoreless through five.
The Black Knights broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth. McKone reached on a bunt single. She was able to move up 60 feet after tagging on a fly ball. Reynolds connected for a single to score McKone (2-for-3). The Leopards were lucky to get out of the inning with just one run across. Ortennzo lined into a doubleplay at second. Initially, Reynolds was called safe after the dive to the bag by Berger, but an umpire conference spurred by interim head coach Brittany Spencer returned a different verdict to end the inning.
The Leopards had a chance to tie things up or win it in the seventh inning of game two. Berger reached on an error to start the inning and Amy Gebhardt's (2-for-3) stand-up double put two runners in scoring position with one out. Allison Brown pinch hit and fouled out to the catcher for the second out of the inning. Madeline Allen struck out to end the game.
Lashley (22-10) allowed three hits and struck out three in the win while Gornick (2-13) gave up one run on six hits in the loss.