April 12, 2013
Lafayette travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell in a four-game series this weekend. The Leopards enter the weekend 8-25 overall and 2-6 in the Patriot League. The Bison come into the series 9-24 overall and 2-6 in League play.
The Bison were picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll and are currently tied for fifth with the Leopards. Sophomore Cydnee Sanders paces the Bucknell offense with 28 hits and a .315 batting average. Freshman Mariah Midyette leads the Bison in RBI (11), doubles (7) and runs scored (13). Sophomore Colie Escobar has hit a team-high three home runs and has also driven in seven runs.
The Leopards and Bison split last season’s four-game series on College Hill.
The Leopards’ junior Melissa Robinson (6-13), an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection last season, will pitch this weekend for the Leopards. The Philadelphia native has a 3.90 ERA with 68 strikeouts. Freshman Bryn Gornick (2-8) has started 10 games and carries a 6.18 ERA with 24 strikeouts, while classmate Kaitlin Perrine has made 10 appearances, striking out 16 batters. The rookies each went the distance in their starts against a 30-win Delaware team earlier this week. Gornick and Perrine only allowed 3 earned runs apiece in their outings.
Bucknell will likely start freshmen Amanda Fazio and Dana Nielsen. Fazio has a team-leading six wins and 70 strikeouts for the Bison, while Nielsen enters the weekend with 3 wins and 61 strikeouts. Another rookie Cindy Cherness has made 11 appearances in relief, posting a team-best 2.88 ERA, while striking out 17 hitters.
Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 50s, while Sunday will be sunny with highs in the mid 50s.
Freshman shortstop Brittany Paul leads the Leopards with 28 hits and a .315 batting average. The Syracuse, N.Y. native was an honorable mention in the Patriot League Player of the Week voting on April 2, as Paul went 8-for-19 (.421) during the week and scored five runs.
Patriot League Update
After the first two weeks of Patriot League play, Lehigh sits alone in first place at 6-2, while Holy Cross and Colgate are right behind the Mountain Hawks at 5-3. Army comes in at fourth place at 4-4, while the Leopards and Bison sit tied for fifth with a 2-6 record. The top four teams advance to the Patriot League Tournament. This weekend Holy Cross hosts Colgate and Army visits Lehigh.
Lafayette will host St. Peter’s on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a trip to Staten Island to take on Wagner on Thursday. The Leopards will resume Patriot League play next weekend when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to play Colgate.
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 renewed its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Bethlehem on April 6 and 7.