March 18, 2016
HOME OPENER: Lafayette will play its home opener sooner than originally scheduled, hosting Wagner in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Metzgar Fields. The Leopards were originally slated to see their first home action on April 2 against Bucknell.
ABOUT WAGNER: The Seahawks enter the weekend with a 7-9 record, last playing in the Stetson University Classic on March 11-12. Wagner beat Binghamton twice (3-1, 9-0), but lost to George Mason (6-2) and Tennessee-Martin (4-1). Senior Megan Moore (.381) and sophomore Maddie Marable (.360) lead the team in batting average in the early going while junior Hana Gilbert (15) and freshman Jessica Carlucci (10) have combined to drive in one third of the team’s runs. In the circle, junior McKaleigh Goodale and sophomore Morgan Brown have 20 appearances between them with Goodale holding a 4-3 mark and a 2.66 ERA while Brown is 3-5 with a 3.21 ERA.
LAST TIME OUT: Lafayette saw its first action in more than two weeks, traveling to Penn for a Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, the Leopards were held to three hits (two by Sam Sweigart) in a 4-0 loss. The Quakers (7-5) scored all of their runs on a grand slam in the third inning. Outside of that inning, Lafayette starter Stephanie Thomas allowed just three hits in six innings.
In the night cap, Allison Brown belted her first home run of the season in the seventh inning, but the rally fell short in a 2-1 decision. The Leopards put the tying run on third before Penn closed out the game. Lindsey Cherry struck out four and gave up two runs on six hits in the circle for the Leopards, while five different players had hits for Lafayette.
COMING UP: Lafayette’s Sunday game at St. Joseph’s has been cancelled due to the likelihood of snow and freezing temperatures. The Leopards begin their spring break swing on Tuesday in Washington D.C., playing two games each at Howard, George Washington and St. Francis (Pa.) on March 22-24.