Leopards Lose 10-Inning Battle to Bucknell in Patriot League Tournament
May 8, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lafayette's third-consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance was a 10-inning defensive battle against Bucknell. The game was scoreless until the Bison's Sam Rollandi scored the lone run of the contest for the 1-0 victory. The Leopards (24-23, 13-7) will now face Army for the second straight year in an elimination game on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Both pitchers went the distance as Christie Wiest threw a five-hit shutout for the Bison (23-27, 13-7). Wiest had a no-hit game until the sixth inning when freshman Kristin Garganio hit a single to third base. Freshman Ali Henry (10-10) fanned 10 Bucknell batters and walked just one in her eighth complete game of the season.
In the 10th inning, Rollandi came in as a pinch hitter in place of Cassie Lloyd who Henry had struck out three times. Rollandi walked to first and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kristin Frick. Jessie Snyder grounded out to freshman Kerry Griffin at first, but Rollandi reached third base.
With two outs, the pitch hopped past freshman Stacey Kushner's glove to the back stop allowing Rollandi to score the No. 3 seed Bison's game-winning run. Alison Ford followed with an infield single to reach first base. Kushner caught Ford trying to steal second with a throw to sophomore Christina Giambrone for the final out of the inning. The Leopards caught three Bison stealing in the game.
Lafayette third baseman Sarah Price was on third with two outs in the bottom of the 10th when Wiest struck out her seventh batter of the evening to seal the 1-0 win for Bucknell.
Giambrone was responsible for two of the second-seeded Leopards five hits against the Bison on Thursday. She was 2-for-4 against Wiest, including a double in the sixth inning to put two runners in scoring position.
The Leopards will face Army at 1:30 p.m. on Friday for the second year in a row. Last year, after losing its first game to eventual 2007 champion Colgate, Lafayette had a 4-3 victory over the Black Knights.
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