Turner's 7-for-7 Day Advances Leopards to Postseason
April 29, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette softball team punched its ticket for the Patriot League Tournament with a 2-0 win over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon. Gwen Turner, one of four seniors honored as part of Senior Day, went 7-for-7 with two runs scored for the Leopards in the doubleheader.
Entering the weekend, Lafayette needed to win two of the four games in the conference series to clinch the final spot in the four-team event and it had split Saturday's doubleheader.
The Leopards grabbed an early lead in the first inning of game one. Turner reached on a one-out single and promptly stole second on an off-speed pitch in the dirt. Lauren Murphy (2-for-3) singled off the glove of the Bucknell second baseman to give Lafayette a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish.
Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson pitched her way into and out of a jam in the second. She walked a batter and gave up a one-out double to Erin Cox, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Robinson worked two groundouts to end the chance.
Lafayette tacked on another run in the bottom of the third. Turner smashed a lead-off triple into the gap in right centerfield and Jordan Parsons scored her with a deep sac fly as Lafayette led 2-0. It was Turner's eighth triple of her career and third of the season. She finished the game 4-for-4 and scored both of Lafayette's runs.
Robinson ceded just four hits in her second shutout of the season and the team's first since a 3-0 victory over Manhattan on March 24. She also fielded her position well, finishing with seven assists including the final two outs of the game. Bucknell starter Alex MacLean, who shut out Lafayette in game two on Saturday, gave up the two runs on three hits with a trio of walks and strikeouts before giving way to Bridget Gates.
Lafayette left 10 runners on base on in the first game, but managed to muster the two runs it needed. In game two, the missed opportunities piled up as Lafayette stranded 11 in an eventual 1-0 decision.
Bucknell (11-34, 5-15) scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning. A double by Cox and a subsequent two-bagger by Kasey Segiel scored Cox (3-for-3) and put the Bison ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Lafayette loaded the bases with one out, but MacLean struck out the final two batters to end the inning.
Lafayette had one more chance in the seventh, sending its Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters to the plate. Turner reached on an infield single and Parsons sacrificed her to second. Murphy fouled out and Dorn grounded out to end the game.
Robinson (12-21) allowed one run on seven hits with one strikeout while MacLean (2H, 4BB, 5K), who pitched the final four innings of the game, claimed the victory for Bucknell.
Lafayette (13-36, 7-13) will play its final regular-season contests on Tuesday, traveling to Rutgers for a 2:30 p.m. start. The Patriot League Tournament will get underway on May 10, as No. 4 seed Lafayette will play No. 1 seed and host Lehigh in the opening round of a double-elimination tournament.