Softball struggles in return to play

Clay Myers, Contributing Writer

The Bison softball team got their first opportunity to compete in 12 days since their rain cancellation at Coppin State last weekend, but it tragically did not go as planned. Wrapping up a tough winless weekend, the Bison were unable to capitalize on key opportunities, allowing Boston University to steal four very close games. 

Saturday began as the Bison fell to Boston 2-1 in a game that went right down to the wire. Even though the first Bison hit was finally found in the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly cashed in a run to cut Boston’s two run lead in half. The Bison then had another opportunity in the seventh with the bases loaded, but were cut short due to a strikeout and two ground outs. 

The second game was more of the same as the Bison bats struggled and the Terriers were able to run away with a 2-1 lead right after Taylor Wolfgang ’21 had tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth. 

Sunday started with another close loss as the Terriers jumped out with a three-run lead, coming in two runs in the third and one in the sixth. The Bison had bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, and even had the tying run on base. 

Unfortunately, the winning run was left stranded on base due to a groundout. A weekend-high seven hits had kept the Bison in the game, but eleven runs were left on base. The final game of the weekend had ended in a Bison loss as they fell to the Terriers 3-2 yet again. 

Boston had again jumped out to an early lead leaving the Bison trying to catch up after falling behind 3-0 by the fifth. The Bison responded the very next inning posting two runs in the sixth, but couldn’t rally in the seventh. 

Even though Sunday’s games showed improvement for the Bison bats, it still was not enough to prevent a sweep from the Terriers. Nicole Rivait ’22 finished the weekend going 4-for-9 and Chase Knapp ’23 finished 4-for-12 going 2-for-3 in Sunday’s final game. 

The Bison are looking forward to their next opportunity at Patriot League play as they travel up the Bethlehem, Pa. to take a shot at Lehigh’s Mountain Hawks on Saturday and at home on Sunday, April 25. 

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