April 4, 2014
Lafayette welcomes Bucknell to College Hill for a three game series this weekend. The conference rivals will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at noon with game two to follow. The series finale will be played on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for noon.
The forecast for Saturday calls for a high of 54 degrees and will be mostly sunny with only a 10-percent chance of precipitation. Sunday’s conditions will be ideal with sunny skies and a high of 61 degrees.
The Bison hold a 62-40-1 series lead over the Leopards. Bucknell swept the season series last year.
The Bison enter the weekend at 12-15 overall but carry a 4-2 mark in Patriot League play. Cydnee Sanders leads the Bucknell offense in average (.477), hits (42), and runs scored (23) and is one of three players to start in all 27 games. Kristen Zahn carries a batting average of .400 while collecting 34 hits and has a team-leading eight doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI. The Bison feature three pitchers with sub-3.00 ERAs. Cindy Cherness has pitched to a 2.00 earned run average and a 2-1 record in 14 appearances. Lara Bean is 5-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 16 appearances, including eight starts.
Victoria Vergona tops the Leopards in batting with a .255 average. She has collected 13 hits on the season including one triple and one home run. Kristen Berger has a team-high 16 base knocks and 12 RBI and is one of three members on the Maroon & White to start in all 22 games. In the circle, Melissa Robinson has started 11 games for Lafayette, working 63.1 innings. She has picked up two wins on the season to go with a 4.97 ERA.
Last Time Out
The Leopards snapped an eight game losing streak in their last contest, defeating Towson 9-6 in game two of a doubleheader on Wednesday evening. Lafayette plated six runs in the bottom of the second inning, including a three-run blast from Allison Brown, to go in front 7-0 after two frames and Lafayette never looked back. Berger collected three hits and drove in three runs. Lindsey Cherry went five innings, allowing six runs (two earned), en route to picking up her first victory of the season. Bryn Gornick threw two scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit and one walk, to earn her first career save.
Moving Up the All-Time Lists
Melissa Robinson has moved up the all-time charts in her senior season on College Hill. Robinson is now the career record holder in games started with 97 and innings pitched, having worked 643.2 innings for Lafayette. She also sits in second place in appearances with 107. The Philadelphia, Pa. native has moved into fourth all-time in career strikeouts with 262.
The Leopards return to action in a non-conference doubleheader against Delaware on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.