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Athlete of the Week: Madison Roukey ’25

Madison Roukey ’25, a pitcher for the softball team, earned Bison of the Week after she successfully led her team to three victories against Lafayette over the weekend.

This achievement marks Roukey’s first career Bison of the Week honor and she became the first softball player to win it since Kelly Toomey on April 4, 2021.

Roukey has been a very reliable and dominant pitcher this year; she works hard, competes strongly and is a great role model. 

Against Lafayette this weekend, Roukey threw 17 innings, tossed ten strikeouts and only yielded eight hits. Out of the three games, she started the first and third ones and pitched the entire time. Roukey earned herself relief for the second game.

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The three wins gave Bucknell their first opening weekend sweep since 2021. The victories increased the team’s league-best regular season winning streak to nine games. For the first time since 2018-19, the Bison are seeking back-to-back returns to the Patriot League Tournament.

So far throughout the season, Bucknell has won 12 games, and Roukey is responsible for six of them. This ties her season-best result from 2023. Her 1.93 ERA is good for fourth in the Patriot League and has helped Bucknell’s staff rank second in the circuit category. 

Roukey’s 66 putouts this season ranks her second in the Patriot League. Additionally, Roukey is fourth in the league for three other stats: wins (6), complete games (5) and games started (12).

See Roukey and the rest of the softball team next on Saturday March 30th and 31st at home against Army.

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