Softball went 2-1 this past weekend vs. Coppin State and Towson

Charlotte Dursee, Senior Writer

Bison Softball traveled to Towson, Md., where they took on Coppin State and Towson in a double header. The Bison stood at a record of 3-9 prior to this weekend. The game ended after five innings, due to the mercy run rule, when the Bison won 14-0.

Madison Roukey ’25 pitched the entire game, letting up zero runs, her fourteenth career shutout. Chase Knapp ’23 led offensively with two doubles and four RBIs.

The Orange and Blue started out strong in the first inning, scoring six runs. Elena Horn ’25 started it all with a walk, followed by MaKenzie Hilling ’25 with a sacrifice bunt. Horn then managed to get to third on a wild pitch. Savannah Jones ’25 walked and then stole second. Zoie Smith ’24 was hit by a pitch which led to bases being filled. Knapp hit a double to bring in each runner. Knapp then managed to come home after a wild pitch and right away the Bison were up 4-0.

Kailyn Lorberter ’23 and Annabella Hawkins ‘24 were each hit, and Noelle Gardon ’24 walked to once again load the bases. Horn was up again and reached after a throwing error. Two more runs came in to finish the inning.

Coppin State was unable to score off of Roukey’s impressive pitching. In the second inning, the Bison added three more runs with more contributions from Jones, Knapp and Lorberter. Both teams went scoreless in the third inning. 

The Bison quickly closed the game out. Rukey threw a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth. At the top of the fourth, Jones led off with a double. Ava Aguilar ’25 pinch ran and was able to advance to third on a wild pitch. Smith hit a double to bring Aguilar in. Lorberter and Garden walked to once again load the bases. Hawkins hit a triple down the left field line. Haley Speicher ’26 brought Hawkins home after a throwing error. Horn then followed with an infield single. Aguilar came back up to the plate and doubled to left center to not only bring Horn home, but give the Bison the 14-0 lead. Roueky finished off the game with two strikeouts and a fly-out to secure the victory on the run-rule.

The Bison faced Coppin State again the next morning. Despite letting up a few runs and trailing a good part of the game, the Bison once again defeated Coppin State 9-3. Both teams started out the game scoreless. Smith almost made it home after walking and stealing both second and third, however, was prevented by a grounder left leaving the catcher stranger. 

Coppin State scored first in the second inning. They continued bringing in runs in the third, expanding their lead to 3-0. The Bison put their first runs up on the board in the fifth inning. 

Angelina Seropian ’26 doubled, and Gardon singled and stole second. A bunt from Hawkins loaded the bases. A fielding error brought in their first run. Hilling singled which brought in two more runs and tied the game. 

Soon Coppin State replaced their pitcher, who hit Knapp and ultimately brought in another run. By the end of the inning the Bison were leading 7-3.

Olivia Marinelli ’23 came in to pitch and Coppin State was unable to score off of her. The Bison added a couple more runs in the seventh inning to initiate a comfortable lead. Marinelli closed the game with a 1-2-3 inning. The Bison won 9-3.

In their next game against Towson, Roukey started on the mound. The Bison were the first to score, with runs coming in the second inning. Knapp hit her second home run of the season. The Bison were able to load the bases but were unable to score after Horn grounded out to end the inning. 

Towson countered right away. Kaiya Burton ’23 soon came into the circle to relieve and close the inning. Towson managed to obtain a 3-1 lead. Three more innings went by before any real action from either team. The Bison put up a run in the sixth inning. Seropian hit a single that brought Smith in. The score was now 3-2, the Orange and Blue trailing. Once again, Towson answered. A double and bunt helped Towson score one more run. The Bison were unable to score again and the game ended 4-2 Towson.

The Bison are heading down to Florida for The Spring Games this week.

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