Softball finishes difficult weekend

Lauren Boone

Staff Writer

The softball team was defeated 13-2 by Stony Brook and also fell 7-0 to Longwood at the Longwood Spring Classic on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Orange and Blue also suffered two losses on Sunday’s double-header, falling 4-3 to Stony Brook and 9-1 to Longwood. The losses dropped the Bison’s season record to 1-7.

Nine third-inning runs doomed the Bison in game one, as Stony Brook jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. Cydnee Sanders ’15 got the Bison on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, and Alex Wells ’15 drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth, but that would be all the Bison would get.

The third inning was problematic once again for the Orange and the Blue in game two, as Longwood scored four runs to put themselves ahead of the Bison 5-0. Though the Bison had several opportunities to score in the third and fifth innings, they were unable to capitalize in the eventual shutout.

The Bison held a close game against Stony Brook, forcing the game into extra innings before the Seawolves claimed victory on Feb. 24. Stony Brook led the Bison 3-0 after three innings, but the Orange and the Blue obtained their three runs via Sanders scoring on a wild pitch, and then a Mariah Midyette ’16 home run to bring home Cassie Greenhawk ’13. Midyette’s home run was the first of the season for the Bison, and it ultimately pushed the game into extra innings.

Thanks to the international tiebreaker rule, the Orange and Blue began the top of the eight with Amanda Fazio ’16 on second base. Fazio managed to progress to third on a ground out, but she was ultimately thrown out at home plate after a bunt. The Seawolves took advantage of their opportunity and scored a run to win the game. Their second base runner came home on a single and a sacrifice fly.

The Bison concluded the Longwood Spring Classic with a game against the host Lancers. Longwood hit a two-run homer in the first inning, giving them an early lead. Longwood then continued to score at least two runs in three of the six innings played, turning the game into a blowout loss for the Orange and Blue.

“We had a great outing this week, it’s just a matter of stringing together individual performances as a unit to secure more wins. The pitchers, particularly the freshmen, pitched their hearts out,” Cheyanna Young ’16 said. 

The Bison will be back in action this weekend at the Colonial Classic in Washington, D.C.

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