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Leopards Compete in Wolfpack Challenge

March 1, 2013

Lafayette at NC State Wolfpack Challenge
March 1, 2, 3 
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Weekend Preview
Lafayette opens the 2013 campaign with a trip to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in the NC State Wolfpack Challenge. The Leopards will play five games against four teams, taking on North Carolina A&T twice, Kansas, Stony Brook and North Carolina State.

North Carolina A&T Preview
The Aggies have started the season 1-2 with their only winning coming over visiting Maryland Eastern Shore. North Carolina A&T is led by junior first baseman Jax Kaye Woodard with five hits, four RBI and two home runs. Sophomore outfielder Raven Smith is second on the team with three RBI, while a pair of freshman Alejandra Barcenas and Kimberly Brunson are tied for second in hits with three apiece. 

Kansas Preview
The Jayhawks come into the Wolfpack Challenge 10-4 overall with wins over North Carolina State, Georgetown and Auburn. Sophomore Maddie Stein leads the Jayhawk batters in average (.449), RBI (20), doubles (7) and is tied for the team lead in hits (22). Senior outfielder Maggie Hull is second in average (.442) and RBI (19). Freshman Alex Hugo leads the Jayhawks with four home runs.

Stony Brook Preview
The Seawolves make the trip to North Carolina holding a 4-6 record thus far. Sophomore Shayla Giosia leads the Seawolves in RBI (6), hits (12) and has hit one of two home runs for Stony Brook this season. Classmate Bria Green leads the Seawolves in batting average (.393) and belted the only other home run this season. Junior Nicole Haggerty leads Stony Brook in on base percentage (.448) and doubles (3).

North Carolina State Preview
NC State is off to a 7-5-1 start this season, with wins over Georgetown, Florida International, Kansas and Coastal Carolina. Senior outfielder Caitlin Dent and junior catcher Kirsty Grant are tied for the team lead in hits (10) and doubles (3). Sophomore Renada Davis leads the Pack in RBI (8) and home runs (6), while freshman first baseman Hanna Sommer is second in RBI (7) and homers (4).

The Leopards will be facing Kansas and North Carolina State for the first time. Lafayette split a doubleheader with North Carolina A&T in its only meeting in 2001, and the Leopards dropped a doubleheader with Stony Brook in their only meeting in 2010.

Probable Starters
The Leopards junior Melissa Robinson, an All-Patriot League Second Team selection last season, will start the weekend for Lafayette. The Philadelphia native registered a 13-24 record with 102 strikeouts and a 2.68 ERA last season.

Senior Ashira Dobison will throw for the Aggies this weekend, the Waterboro, S.C. native is 0-1 this season with five strikeouts and a 4.20 ERA. Jayhawks sophomore Alicia Pille has pitched the majority of the innings thus far compiling 46 strikeouts, a 2.58 ERA and a 3-2 record. Kansas may also look to freshman Kelsey Kessler for some innings. Kessler is 3-2 in seven appearances with 25 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA. NC State’s sophomore Emily Weiman has started in all 12 of her appearances this season. The Pasadena, Md. native has a 7-4 record with a 2.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

Weather Forecast
The forecast for this weekend in Raleigh, N.C. is partly cloudy with highs around fifty degrees Friday and Saturday, and a high of 45 degrees on Sunday.

On Deck
The Leopards return to the field Friday, March 8 at the Towson Invitational, where they will take on Morgan State, Brown and Towson over the weekend.

Season Prediction
The Leopards were picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, after going 14-40 overall and 7-13 in the League a season ago. For a full season preview, click here.

Breakdown of the 2013 Schedule
- 18 home games, including 8 Patriot League games

- Home Patriot League series with Holy Cross and Army

- Non-conference home games vs. Delaware State, St. Peter’s, Rider, Villanova and Rutgers
- Other non-conference games vs. North Carolina A&T, Kansas, Stony Brook, NC State, Morgan State, Brown, Towson, Penn, Princeton, Delaware State, Mount St. Mary’s, Temple, Delaware, Marist and Wagner
- Lafayette renews its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Bethlehem on April 6 and 7.