Allen and Parsons Honored on Senior Day
April 28, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette softball honored its seniors, Jordan Parsons and Madeline Allen, prior to Sunday's doubleheader at Metzgar Fields. With two hits on the afternoon, Parsons moved into the top 10 for career hits at Lafayette.
Army (30-20, 12-8) claimed both contests, winning game one 7-5 on Rae Anne Payleitner's two-run home run in the seventh and secured an 8-3 win in the series finale to close out Lafayette's Patriot League season.
Lafayette trailed for most of the first contest before tying things up at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
In the first inning, Army scored two runs on a pair of fielder's choices with the bases loaded. The Black Knights added two more in the second on RBI-singles by Christian McKone and Kasey McCravey (3-for-4).
Things picked up offensively in the third inning. Army extended its lead to 5-0 as McCravey singled home Amanda Nguyen who scored three runs in the game.
The Leopards then responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lafayette had runners at the corners with two outs in the inning. Kristen Berger (2-for-2) connected for a single to right and Amy Gebhardt followed with a two-run double that scored Berger and Victoria Vergona (single).
The Leopards knotted the game at five apiece in the sixth inning. With Bryn Gonick and Vergona (2-for-3) aboard, Parsons singled to right center to clear the bases. Berger sacrificed Parsons to second for the first out of the inning, but Gebhardt struck out and Stephanie Schreiber popped out to end the rally.
Gornick (3 IP, 5R, 10H, 1K, 2 BB), who came on in relief of starter Melissa Robinson in the fifth inning, got the first two outs of the top of the seventh before walking the next batter. That set the stage for Payleitner's go-ahead home run, her first of the season.
Morgan Lashley continued her solid pitching for Army, garnering victories in all four games. She allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out four in game one. In game two, the sophomore hurler showed no signs of wear and allowed a lone run in the 8-3 final. Lashley threw six innings, scattering five hits with one strikeout.
The Black Knights' Alex Reynolds (3-for-4) produced all of the offense they would need in game two. Reynolds hit a two-run home run in the first and added another in the seventh.
Lafayette got on the board in the fifth after manufacturing a run. Berger singled, moved to second on a groundout and then swiped third base. Allen (2-for-3) came up and knocked her in with a looping single to center to make it 5-1.
Army added four runs in the top of the seventh to finish off the game, spurred by two-run home runs from Reynolds and Payleitner.
Gornick had the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits with two strikeouts. Kaitlin Perrine saw her first action of the weekend, getting the final out of the seventh.
Lafayette (11-41, 4-16) closes out the 2013 season, hosting Rutgers in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 3 p.m.