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Leopards Open Patriot League Play Versus Holy Cross

March 28, 2013

Lafayette vs Holy Cross
March 30, 31 
| Easton, Pa. | Lafayette Softball Field
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Weekend Preview
Lafayette hosts Holy Cross in a four-game series this weekend. The Leopards are coming off a doubleheader split at Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon. The weekend series will be the first Patriot League contests for both teams. Lafayette enters its home opening weekend 5-12 overall. Fans can watch all four games on, including the first game Saturday free of charge.

Holy Cross Preview
The Crusaders come into the weekend holding a 6-12 record, with wins over Sacred Heart, Niagara, Grambling, Yale and Manhattan. Freshman outfielder Emily Jarvis leads the Holy Cross offense batting .385 with a team-high 20 hits, including five doubles and three home runs. The rookie also leads the team in runs scored (17) and is tied for second with nine runs batted in. Junior Alex Gustafson leads the Crusaders with 10 runs batted in, and has hit five doubles and two home runs. 

All-Time Series
The Crusaders lead the all-time series 53-25, but the Leopards took three out of four last season in Worcester, Mass.

Probable Starters
The Leopards' junior Melissa Robinson (4-7), an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection last season, will pitch this weekend for the Leopards. The Philadelphia native has a 3.99 ERA with 34 strikeouts. Freshmen Bryn Gornick (1-3) and Kaitlin Perrine (0-1) have each appeared in five games, making three starts apiece.

Holy Cross will likely use a pair of pitchers including junior Julia Barrett (2-5) and freshman Gennifer Durham (4-5). Durham has a team-high 24 strikeouts, while Barrett leads the team with a 4.70 earned run average.

Weather Forecast
Saturday afternoon will be partly cloudy with a high of 54 degrees, while Sunday has a sixty percent chance of rain and a high of 52 degrees.

On Deck
The Leopards will visit Temple for a doubleheader on Tuesday, followed by two at home on Wednesday against Delaware State.

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.