April 17, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette's Melissa Robinson tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout as the Leopards cruised to a 5-0 victory in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader with St. Peter's. The visitors took game two by a 3-1 final.
Robinson struck out five and only walked one St. Peter's batter en route to her 18th complete game and second shutout of the season. The junior also delivered at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and a walk. Lafayette collected six hits in all and scored three earned runs off Peahens' starter Tori Feorenzo.
The Leopards did their damage in the bottom of the third inning with a four-run outburst. With two outs and a runner on first, Robinson, Victoria Vergona and Jordan Parsons each singled in succession. Lafayette led 3-0 as two scored on Vergona's single to center field after an error by St. Peter's in the outfield and she came to the plate on Parsons' base hit off the first base bag. Another error allowed Lafayette to score a fourth run in the inning, which turned out to be plenty of breathing room for Robinson.
Lafayette's insurance run came in the home half of the fifth after Robinson led off the frame with a walk. Three batters later, Ailish Hogan drilled a double to the wall in center, allowing Robinson to waltz home from third. From there, Robinson didn't surrender a hit as the Leopards came away with the 5-0 triumph.
In game two, Robinson continued to put up zeros inside the circle, but she was matched on the other side by Peahens' starter Erica Colon. She held the Lafayette without a base hit through 3.1 innings and retired the first 10 batters she faced before Bryn Gornick shot a line drive through the hole on the right side. Up next was Robinson, whose base hit to right bounced off the glove of right fielder Maria Maresca to put runners on first and third with one out. St. Peter's executed defensively on Lafayette's double-steal attempt, getting Gornick out 2-6-2 at the plate for the second out of the inning. An infield single for Vergona kept the inning alive, but Parsons flew out to right to end the threat.
Facing runners on the corners with two away after Marsesca's double and an infield single, Robinson issued a 3-2 walk to Lee Harrison that loaded the bases. The next batter, Francesca D'Amato, popped up behind first base, but second baseman Kristen Berger was unable to hold on to a diving attempt and two runs scored on the play.
St. Peter's added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning before the Leopards scored on a wild pitch in the home half of the seventh to run the final score to 3-1.
Lafayette returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it travels to Staten Island, N.Y. to challenge Wagner. First pitch of the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m.