Easton, PA. (4/1/14) – With Temple’s final softball season rapidly coming to a conclusion, the Owls picked up two major wins against the struggling Lafayette Leopards 4-0 and 10-1 Tuesday.
The trip to Easton, PA. panned out well for the Owls as SP Kelsey Dominik was once again dominant in the opener. RF Julia Kastner knocked in the game’s first run on an RBI single in the second. Dominik was in trouble in the bottom half of the inning giving up two singles and a Temple error loaded up the bases with nobody out. She got the next hitter to ground out to a fielder’s choice with the out coming at home and struck out the final two Lafayette hitters to escape the mess and hold the one run lead.
After a leadoff double by CF Annie Marcopolus in the third, catcher Kaylyn Zierke drove her in with a RBI single with two outs to give the Owls a two run lead. Dominik helped her own cause by doubling home a run in the fifth and blasting a solo shot in the seventh. With the 4-0 lead, Dominik would put the Leopards on lock-down to secure the seven inning complete game shutout.
Dominik (5-5) was masterful going a complete 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits given up. Lafayette starter Lindsey Cherry (0-5) continues to search for her first win but held her own going a complete game as well. Dominik led the Owls at the plate going 2-4 with a homer and two RBI.
In the latter half of the double header, the Owls carried their momentum en route to an easy 10-1 mauling.
Action picked up in the third when 3B Leah Lucas drove in the opening run for the Owls while SP Amanda Gatt held the Leopards scoreless through three. Temple put the game out of reach in the fourth. They got their first two batters on and Kastner continued her hot hitting with a RBI double to drive home Zierke and put runners in scoring position and nobody out. With the bases loaded and one out, SS Sarah Prezioso came up with a huge two RBI single and the lead increased to four. To top Prezioso, Marcopolus followed with a three run home run as the lead ballooned to seven and the Owls were looking for the W.
In the seventh with Gatt still pitching a gem, pinch hitter Erin Drennan came up and delivered a two run shot as Temple’s bats just couldn’t be tamed. Following suit, Prezioso joined in with a solo home run of her own as the Owls were flying to a ten run lead.
Lafayette would put up a run on a Victoria Vergona RBI double but couldn’t produce the remaining nine as the Owls soared to 10-1 victory. Gatt (3-2) went the distance going 7.0 innings of two hit ball and gave up just the lone run with the lead well in hand. With a shocker from the Lafayette side, SP Kristyn Marinelli (0-4) pitched a complete game albeit giving up an astounding ten runs. The Owls (9-14) play Big 5 foe Penn Wednesday as they head back to Philly.