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Raiders’ High-Powered Offense Tops Lafayette

April 12, 2015

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. – Colgate completed the series sweep of Lafayette softball in a Sunday doubleheader at Metzgar Fields. In the first game, Colgate broke open a two-run affair with a nine-run fifth inning to win 11-0. In game two, the Raiders scored 14 runs on 15 hits in a 14-5 decision also in five innings.

In the opener, the game was tight through the first four innings. After Lafayette left the bases loaded in the top of the inning, Colgate scored two runs in the fourth. Melissa Dowling and Holly Geranen connected for solo home runs for the 2-0 advantage.

In the fifth, Colgate (12-10, 8-1) put away the game with nine runs on seven hits. Tara Grennan hit a two-run home run and Alex Gadiano hit a grand slam in the inning during which Colgate sent 10 batters to the plate.

Stephanie Thomas (1-8) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts in four innings. Brigit Ieuter (7-2) won her second start in as many games, allowing three hits, two to Thomas and one to Kelly Lallis, while striking out three.

In the second game, Lafayette scored five runs over the first three innings, but gave up nine in that span.

In the top of the first, Samantha Sweigart singled in Lallis to draw first blood. Jenna Didio also scored on the play on an error by the leftfielder. Lafayette led 2-0.

The Maroon and White margin was short-lived as Colgate answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Grennan delivered her second two-run home run of the day for the big blow of the inning, sending Thomas from the game in favor of Lindsey Cherry.

Allison Brown led off the second inning with her first home run of the season to trim Colgate’s lead to 4-3.

In the bottom of the second, two Leopard errors and three walks led to four runs for the Raiders who used a two-run double to stretch the advantage to 9-3.

The Leopards got two back in the third. Sweigart (2-for-3) doubled home Didio and Thomas scored Sweigart on a sac fly to pull within 9-5.

Colgate scored five runs in the fourth and fifth combined. Katie Bushee (3-for-3) plated a pair in the fourth with a two-run single and Gadiano doubled in two more in the fifth.

Cherry (2-9) took the loss, giving up 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits over four innings. She walked five and struck out one.

Lafayette (3-25,1-8) will continue Patriot League play on April 18-19, hosting Boston University in a three-game series beginning at noon each day.

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