Bison struggle in four game set against Lehigh

Justin Schaumberger, Sports Co-Edotr

The Bison softball team finished 1-3 on the weekend in a 4 game set against Lehigh. The teams split a pair of games at Lehigh on April 24 and Lehigh swept both games of a doubleheader in Lewisburg the next day.

Both games on Saturday went to extra innings as there was little between the two squads. The Bison struck early in game one as Nicole Rivait ’22 scored Taylor Wolfgang ’21 on a double in the first inning. Kaiya Burton ’23 pitched well for the Orange and Blue, only surrendering eight hits while pitching the complete game. The Bison looked like they would emerge victorious when they took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning thanks to a hit by Niki Mabry ’24 and had the Mountain Hawks down to their final out. Unfortunately for the Bison, Lehigh was able to hit back-to-back doubles to score twice and win 3-2.

The second game of the double header saw a lot more offense than the first. Tara Baglivo ’21 knocked in the first run of the game in the second inning to get the offenses going. After Lehigh scored three unanswered runs, Zoie Smith ’24 gave the Bison the lead again with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Lehigh was able to knock in one more run to send the game to extras tied 4-4. In the top of the eighth, Jess Hom ’21 doubled to score Baglivo and make the score 5-4. In the bottom half of the inning, Olivia Marinelli ’23 retired the Mountain Hawks in order to clinch the victory.

The doubleheader in Lewisburg did not fare as well for the Bison. The Orange and Blue were unable to score in either game, falling by scores of 2-0 and 10-0. In game one of the day, the Bison were able to hold Lehigh scoreless until the third inning. Lehigh knocked in two runs that inning that proved to be the difference. Kelly Toomey ’22 kept the Lehigh bats at bay pitching 4.2 innings and only giving up two hits. Unfortunately, the Bison weren’t able to get back into the game. The second game of the doubleheader was very similar to the first. The Bison were able to hold Lehigh scoreless for four innings, but then the Mountain Hawks got hot and scored seven runs in the fifth. While the offense as a whole struggled, Mabry, Jazmyn Stokes ’21 and Sarah Baluch ’22 all finished with multi-hit afternoons.

The Bison will look to rebound and get the offense going this coming weekend in a four game series with Army. All four games are scheduled to be played in West Point, N.Y. The first two games will be on May 1 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., while the remaining two games will be played May 2 at the same times.

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