Softball Drops First Patriot League Tournament Game To Colgate And Draws Army Friday
May 10, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette softball team opened the Patriot League Tournament a little rusty, but will have a chance to redeem itself on Friday against Army at 1:30 p.m. The third-seeded Leopards dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 2 Colgate in the tournament's opening round at top-seeded Lehigh's Kaufman Field late Thursday afternoon.
As per the Patriot League's mercy rule, the game was called after five innings as Colgate held the necessary eight-run lead. The Raiders scored at least one run each time it they came to the plate, including a five-run second frame that all but put the game away.
Colgate starting pitcher Kelsey Nordstrom kept the Leopards in check all game long, surrendering just three hits and a single run in her winning effort. The Leopards were held scoreless through the first four innings before junior first baseman Kristen Ruckno's long single to right plated the team's lone run in senior second baseman Jill Masterton. The two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on a ground out from freshman shortstop Christina Giambrone.
After senior pitcher/DP Megan Averbuch's two-out double put a runner in scoring position in the fourth, Nordstrom got senior left fielder Michelle Ellis to ground out and preserve the shutout to that point. Lafayette stranded seven runners on the afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Kasey Karr was credited with the loss (11-12), while Nordstrom threw the complete game and got the win (15-7).
Colgate advances to meet Lehigh on Friday at 11 a.m., while the Leopards will take on Army at 1:30 p.m. The winners of both of those contests will square-off at 4 p.m., while the loser between Lafayette and Army will be eliminated.
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