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Leopards Host Army in Final Patriot League Series

April 26, 2013

11-37, 4-12
Lafayette vs. Army
April 27-28
 | Easton, Pa. | Lafayette Softball Field 
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26-20, 8-8

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Series Preview
Lafayette finishes its Patriot League season with a four-game series at home against Army over the weekend. The Leopards enter the series 11-37 overall and 4-12 in the Patriot League.

Army Preview
The Black Knights were picked to finish second in the Patriot League Preseason Poll and are currently sitting in third place at 8-8 in the league and 26-20 overall. Amanda Nguyen leads Army in hits (64), batting average (.376), and stolen bases (24). Alex Reynolds has a team-high 33 RBI and 14 doubles, while Kasey McCravey leads the team with four homers and is second in both RBI (27) and doubles (9).

Last Meeting
The Black Knights took all five games last season including a 7-0 win in the Patriot League Tournament.

Probable Starters
Lafayette junior Melissa Robinson (9-19), an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection last season, will pitch this weekend for the Leopards. The Philadelphia native has a 3.48 ERA with 97 strikeouts. Robinson tossed nine innings in Thursday’s second game giving up four runs, one earned while striking out six batters. Freshman Bryn Gornick (2-12) has started 12 games and carries a 5.33 ERA with 30 strikeouts, while classmate Kaitlin Perrine has made 13 appearances, striking out 24 batters. Gornick pitched nine scoreless innings on Thursday before giving up two in the 10th inning in a 2-0 loss to Villanova.

Army will likely start sophomore Morgan Lashley and freshman Roy Braetana over the weekend. Lashley (20-10) leads the Black Knights in with a 2.39 ERA and 154 strikeouts. Braetana (4-8) carries a 3.79 ERA and has struck out 50 batters.

Weather Forecast
Saturday afternoon in Easton will be sunny with a high of 70 degrees, while Sunday will be partly cloudy with a high of 69 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain.

Rookie Impact
Freshman shortstop Brittany Paul leads the Leopards with 41 hits and a .293 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
Lehigh and Colgate have secured a place in the Patriot League Tournament, while the remaining four teams will battle for the final two spots this weekend. Army at 8-8 holds a lead over Bucknell (7-9), Holy Cross (7-9) and Lafayette (4-12) going into the final weekend. Lehigh will visit Colgate and Holy Cross will host Bucknell this weekend.

On Deck
Lafayette caps off its regular season with a doubleheader Wednesday against visiting Rutgers.

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.