Softball sweeps Black Knights in three games

Jonathan Tewodros, Senior Writer

Continuing their momentum, the softball team traveled to West Point, N.Y. from April 18-19 to face off against Patriot League competitor Army in a weekend tripleheader. The Bison returned to Lewisburg with a sweep of the Black Knights, as they extended their winning streak to nine, the longest of its kind in program history since 1993. The Bison currently sit third in Patriot League standings, with a overall record of 28-17 and Patriot League record of 7-5, with the five losses coming only from the top two teams, Lehigh and Colgate.

 

In game one of the tripleheader, the Bison came out on top 3-2 after jumping to a 3-0 lead and hanging on for the one run victory. Dana Nielsen ’16 pitched six innings for the Orange and Blue, improving her ERA to 3.14 in the victory by giving up three hits and no runs. Her fellow Bison gave her good support at the plate as they followed up her solid performance with an eight-hit attack.

 

In game two of the tripleheader, Amanda Fazio ’16 pitched her way to her 14th victory of the season, as the Bison took the game 4-1 with another eight hit performance. In addition to the eight hits, the Bison also took advantage of eight walks on behalf of the Army pitcher. Aside from pitching, Fazio had two hits for the Bison, as they wrapped up the first day 2-0 against their league counterpart, with one game left for the sweep.

 

In the final game of the weekend tripleheader, it was fitting to see Nielsen and Fazio work together on the mound to lead the Bison to a blowout 10-1 victory. In the midst of playing some of their best ball to date, Nielsen and Fazio combined and gave up one earned run and three hits to completely dominate a game in which they were provided with a ton of run support from their teammates. Offensively, the Orange and Blue were led by Jacee Almond ’17 and her four RBIs which were a result of her home run, double, and single in the game. The game marked the fourth time the Bison hit double digits this season and also led them to their first season series sweep of Army since 2008.

 

The Bison travel to Worcester, Mass. for a three-game series with Patriot League foe Holy Cross from April 25-26. The Bison will be looking to extend their nine-game winning streak.

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