Softball falls to Boston University


Charlotte Dursee, Senior Writer

Bison Softball started the weekend with a three game series against Boston University.

Savannah Jones ’25 started in the circle and only let up two hits and zero runs in the first inning. 

The Bison came close to taking the lead in the second inning after a single by Chase Knapp ’23, which was then followed by Noelle Gardon ’24 walking. Before they could score, Boston managed to get the last out on a sharp grounder hit. 

The third inning proved important to the outcome of the game. Right away, Jones managed to obtain the first two outs. Boston pulled off a double, and Haley Speicher ’26 dove to save it but came up unsuccessful. Jones then walked the next batter. A single and an error then gave way for Boston to score. Another double pushed their lead to 3-0. Jones walked a batter that loaded the bases but Olivia Marinelli ’23 closed out the inning with a pop-up. 

Jones was replaced by Mea Consentino ’26 in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, the Bison were finally able to put a run up on the board. Speicher led with a single and managed to get to second on an error. Two grounders managed to bring Speicher home, and the Bison trailed 4-1.

Boston put up their fifth and final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning with a home run. The Bison made their best attempts to get some runs in before the game ended. Zoie Smith ’24 singled in the bottom of the seventh but nothing came from it. Boston won 5-1. 

For the second game, Kaiya Burton ’23 started in the circle. Boston took the lead right off the bat in the first inning. An error by Gardon resulted in a Boston runner on and a grounder allowed her to get to second safely. Boston then hit a ball that landed in center field and scored the runner.

Offensively, the Bison struggled to get anything going. They managed one hit throughout the first four innings. Madison Roukey ’25 entered the circle in the fifth inning. The lead off batter hit a triple off Roukey. An RBI grounder brought the run in. Another triple followed and the runner came home after a fly ball. Boston then had a 3-0 lead. Roukey prevented any other runs the rest of the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kailyn Lorberter ’23 singled but the Bison were unable to get any other runners on base the rest of the inning. Boston obtained their second win 3-0.

Jones started in the circle once again in the third game of the series against Boston. Similar to the performance seen the day before, Boston scored first. The Bison were one out away from ending the inning when a single to right field and a triple to right center gave Boston their first run. 

At the Bison’s end of the inning MaKenzie Hilling ’25 walked and Smith singled. Boston was able to end the inning before the Orange and Blue could score. 

Boston added three more runs in the second inning. Hunter Vestal ’24 replaced Jones in the circle. Neither team saw much action until the fourth inning when Boston added three more runs to the scoreboard. Burton came into the circle as the score became 6-0. An error by Lorberter allowed for the third run. Burton ended the inning 7-0. 

The Bison finally put some runs up on the scoreboard. Smith singled, and Jones sacrificed to advance her to second base. Knapp’s RBI to right center field brought Smith home. Knapp was brought home off of a pop-up from Lorberter. A grounder from Gardon ended the inning. 

In the sixth inning Boston added two more runs, cushioning their lead. Their first run of the inning came from a walk followed by a triple. A single came soon after. Smith ended the inning with a launch to Burton to prevent a base stealer. 

The Bison kept up the momentum in the sixth inning. Hilling singled, and Smith walked. Jones hit a shot to the left center field wall. Her double brought in two runners. Jones advanced to third and a single from Lorberter brought her in. The Bison cut Boston’s lead to 9-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Hilling hit a double, hoping to cut the score even more, but the inning ended as Smith struck out.

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