Low offense hurts softball

Thomas Walter

Senior Writer

In a busy week on the diamond, the Orange and Blue lost three of four games to Lehigh over the weekend before splitting a two-game series against La Salle.

The Orange and the Blue split the opening doubleheader against Lehigh on March 29. Tori Robinson ’15 and Kristen Zahn ’15 drove in the Bison’s two runs in the night game as they won 2-1. The Bison lost the first game 6-1 as Lehigh took a commanding lead early by scoring five unanswered runs in the first five innings.

It was a difficult outing for the Bison, as they dropped both games of the doubleheader on March 30. The Bison lost 5-2 in game one, when after assuming a 2-1 lead in the second inning, the Bison offense was shut down while Lehigh rallied to take the lead and score several insurance runs.

The Orange and Blue then fell 3-1 in game two, when pitcher Amanda Fazio ’16 lost the shutout in the seventh inning thanks to a three-run home run by Lehigh. The offense proved to be a problem for the Orange and the Blue, who scored a total of six runs over four games. It was a trend that continued into their series with La Salle.

The Bison were shut out 8-0 in the first game against La Salle, but responded with a 7-0 win against the Explorers in game two. It was a much-needed bit of momentum for the Orange and the Blue as the team finally showed its offensive potential. In the sixth inning, the Bison scored four runs on three hits, thanks to Mary Horton ’13 driving in two runs and Cydnee Sanders ’15 knocked in the third.

“The shutout against Lasalle was a confidence booster and proved to ourselves that we can compete with any team,” Caryn Connors ’14 said. “Going into a Patriot League weekend competition with a win is always uplifting. During our games against Colgate and other Patriot League schools to come, we need to take each game out by out, inning by inning. We can compete with each and every team when we play our game and stay in control.”

The Bison will look to build on their positive offensive momentum as they continue Patriot League play this weekend when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to face Colgate.

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