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Leopards Travel to Maryland for Towson Classic

March 7, 2013

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Weekend Preview
Lafayette travels to Towson, Md. this weekend for the Towson Invitational. The Leopards went 2-3 last weekend at the NC State Wolfpack Challenge with both wins coming over North Carolina A&T. This weekend the Leopards will play Morgan State twice, Brown and Towson.

Morgan State Preview
The Bears have struggled early this season, posting a 1-12 record thus far, with their only win coming over Tennessee State. Morgan State is led by senior infielder Tiffany Rubin with eight hits, five RBI and two home runs. Junior Taylor McDougall is second on the team with three RBI, while freshman Kimber Salvas and junior Shareday Christina are tied for second in hits with seven apiece. 

Brown Preview
The Bears travel to the Towson Invitational 0-5 overall, dropping all five games at the Colorado State Tournament this past weekend. A pair of sophomores, Kelsey Hom and Trista Chavez lead Brown in RBI with two apiece. Seniors Avery Silverstein and Stephanie Thompson lead the Bears in hits with five.

Towson Preview
The Tigers come into the weekend holding an 8-9-1 record, with wins over Cleveland State, Ohio, Rider, Iona and Columbia. Junior third baseman Delanie Dunham leads the Tigers in hits (16), batting average (.327) and is second in RBI (9), while senior Bina Abbott leads Towson in home runs (3), doubles (5) and RBI (12). 

The Leopards will be facing Brown and Morgan State for the first time this weekend. Lafayette is 10-12 against Towson, with the Tigers winning a doubleheader the last time the two played in 1999.

Probable Starters
The Leopards’ junior Melissa Robinson (2-2), an All-Patriot League Second Team selection last season, will pitch this weekend for the Leopards. The Philadelphia native has a 6.79 ERA with 16 strikeouts. A pair of freshmen, Kaitlin Perrine and Bryn Gornick may also see action over the weekend.

Morgan State will likely use a trio of pitchers including junior Jordan Eades (1-4), freshman Nicole Holguin (0-3) and senior Shanice Crowder (0-2). Eades leads the Bears in ERA (4.45), innings pitched (32.1) and strikeouts (29).

Brown’s pitchers are lead by freshman Sarah Ropiak (0-3), who leads the Bears with a 5.35 ERA and six strikeouts. Sophomore Jessica Cherness (0-2) should see some action this weekend. Cherness has six strikeouts and a 13.70 ERA.

Freshman Ambar Hickman (3-1) leads Towson’s three pitchers in ERA (3.95) and has 20 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched. Senior Katie Lingmai (3-4) leads the Tigers in strikeouts (48) in 45 innings, including eight starts. The third Towson pitcher is sophomore Missy McCormick (2-4). McCormick has 17 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Weather Forecast
The forecast for this weekend in Towson, Md. cloudy and windy on Friday with a high of 47. Saturday and Sunday are sunny with highs in the mid to high 50s.

On Deck
The Leopards will return to action in Philadelphia on March 16. Lafayette will take on Penn in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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.