Published: Friday, March 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 00:03
Lafayette softball faced the University of Pennsylvania last Friday in a double header. The games were moved forward a day due to storm warnings for Saturday, giving the team one less day to recover from a taxing tournament the weekend prior.
The first game went scoreless for the first two innings before Penn (6-10) freshman Korinne Raby hit a 3-run homer. Five more runs were added in the following inning after Raby hit a 3-run double. Lafayette was unable to match Penn offensively, and ended the 5-inning no-hitter 8-0.
“Penn was a team with a lot of very good hitters,” Allison Thomas ‘16 said. “We didn’t make a lot of errors, but when we did Penn was able to take advantage of it and take extra bases.”
“If you give a team like UPenn extra outs, they are going to take advantage of it,” Kelly Lallis ‘15 said.
The second game initially looked more optimistic for Lafayette. Senior Jordan Parsons hit a two-run homer in the first inning, giving Lafayette a nice lead to fall back on.
“After the first game, you know players and their weaknesses,” Thomas said. “Players have more confidence since we know what’s coming.”
Lafayette was unable to hold onto the lead, giving up three runs in the second inning. Penn solidified their lead in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs. Raby hit her second three-run homerun of the night, and the game ended with an 11-2 loss for Lafayette.
“There are definitely still little things we have to work on,” Allison Brown ‘16 said. “I think we competed well, but not our best.”
Patriot League play begins at the end of March.
“Everyone is getting more excited to start Patriot League Tournaments on the weekends” Lallis said. “We’re looking forward to a promising season.”
This weekend, Lafayette will compete in the Sean Savage Tournament in Dover, Delaware. They will be facing Princeton University, Delaware State, and then get a second shot to settle the score against Brown University.
“We didn’t play our best game against Brown,” Thomas said. “This weekend, we will bring our best game and come out with a win.”
Tournament play begins tonight and will continue until Sunday.
3/15 at Penn L 8-0
at Penn L 11-2
3/16 at Penn, Postponed
3/22 vs. Brown
3/23 vs. Princeton
at Delaware State
3/24 vs. Brown