Leopard Softball Knocks Colgate Out of PL Tourney

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Melissa Robinson claimed the victory in the circle as Lafayette knocked Colgate out of the Patriot League Tournament.

Melissa Robinson claimed the victory in the circle as Lafayette knocked Colgate out of the Patriot League Tournament.

May 11, 2012

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lafayette extended its postseason run one game, beating Colgate 2-1 in extra innings on Friday afternoon to advance in the double-elimination Patriot League Tournament. The Leopards' season came to an end in the second half of what was essentially a doubleheader, when Army beat the Leopards 7-0 behind a five-run seventh inning.

Lafayette, which was shut out by Lehigh in the tourney opener on Thursday, wasted no time pushing a run across in Friday's first game. Kristen Berger led off the game with a stand-up double over the head of the centefielder. Jordan Parsons (2-for-4) attempted to sacrifice her to third, but was able to bunt the ball past the Colgate pitcher and first baseman to score Berger from second.

The Raiders (19-28) evened the scored in the top of the fourth. Alana Dyson and Tera Vaughn (3-for-4) reached on singles. The next batter, Emma Dolfi, smoked a 3-2 pitch up the middle. Berger corralled the ball and went for second to get the force but dropped the ball, allowing the speedy Dyson to score.

Lafayette threatened in the fifth and sixth, but left runners on second and third with two outs in both innings as the score remained knotted at 1-1.

The Leopards clinched the game in the eighth inning. Stacey Dorn ripped a one-out double to left centerfield. Head coach Meaghan Asselta tabbed Cody Kugler to pinch run for Dorn and the move paid off. Melissa Robinson came to the plate and hit a shallow single. The throw from left was off the mark as Kugler scored to win the game 2-1.

Robinson was also the winner in the circle, allowing one run (unearned) on five hits with six strikeouts in eight innings. Courtney O'Connell took the loss, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out five in 7.1 innings. Three of those hits came off the bat of Carly Feiro who was 3-for-3 in the first game.

In game two, Lafayette could not get the bats going against Army freshman Morgan Lashley. Lashley, who held Lafayette scoreless in four games in the regular season, was just as good on Friday afternoon. The Patriot League Pitcher and Rookie of the Year allowed just three hits, singles by Robinson in the fifth, Turner in the sixth and Dorn in the seventh.

Army scored single runs in the first and sixth before breaking open the game in the seventh. Alex Reynolds singled home a run in the first inning and Ali Cleinmark's RBI-double into the left centerfield gap gave Army a 2-0 advantage through five and a half innings.

The Leopards had their best chance to score in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Berger drew a walk. Lashley uncorked a wild offering to the next batter, but Berger failed to take the extra base. The next batter, Turner, single to left center on a ball that would have been deep enough to score Berger. Lashley got the final out of the inning on a popup with Army's 2-0 lead intact.

The Black Knights put away the game with five runs on five hits in the seventh highlighted by Alexis AuBuchon's two-run homer.

Lashley (33-15) garnered the victory, extending her scoreless streak versus the Leopards to 35 innings. She struck out six and walked two. Robinson (13-24) gave up seven runs on 13 hits.

No. 4 seed Lafayette finishes the season at 14-40 while No. 2 seed Army (37-20) advances to face Lehigh (39-17) on Saturday for the Patriot League championship.

 

 

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