Softball continues PL play, trumps Lafayette in three-game series

Eleanor Hagan, Staff Writer

Impressive performances from Anna Gimmestad ’19, Lauren Hadley ’19, and Dana Nielsen ’16 helped the Bison sweep Lafayette in a three-game series April 2-3. The Orange and Blue shut out the Leopards 7-0 in their first match-up, followed up with a 6-3 win later in the day. On April 3, the Bison solidified their incredible series performance with a 12-2 blowout. The team improved to 5-1 in the Patriot League. Gimmestad earned her first career Patriot League Corvias Rookie of the Week award after a stellar offensive performance in the series.

Nielsen gave up only three hits to shut out Lafayette in the first win of the series. The first inning started out slow for the Bison, remaining at a scoreless tie with Lafayette, but Hadley smacked a home run over the fence to spark the offense in the top of the second. Mariah Midyette ’16 found home off singles from Ryanne Rokos ’19 and Amanda Fazio ’16. The Orange and Blue finished up with five more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Gimmestad, Carolyn Wan ’17, and Maddie Minneci ’18 also contributed offensively.

In the second game of the series, Gimmestad and Hadley were both huge contributors offensively. Gimmestad went 3-for-4 at the plate, and Hadley sparked the offense again with a two-run double in the first inning. With help from Gimmestad’s double, the Orange and Blue had a 4-0 lead after the third inning. The Bison held their lead until the fifth inning, when the Leopards managed to gain three runs. Nevertheless, the Bison still managed to close out the Leopards 6-3 after the seventh inning. Fazio pitched for the Bison this game, only giving up three runs on six hits.

On April 3, the Bison exploded for a 12-2 win. Meghan Kovac ’18, Midyette, and Wan all tallied runs for the team to finish off the impressive weekend. They picked up the 10-1 lead early in the third inning. Kovac and Midyette both rocked home runs over the fence. The Bison had a well-rounded offensive effort with 15 hits coming from Wan, Kovac, Midyette, Rokos, Fazio, Gimmestad, Hadley and Christina Martinez ’17. Fazio started at the mound, giving up two runs, before being relieved by Nielsen, who pitched a scoreless inning.

The Bison improved to 20-12 on the season, 5-1 in the Patriot League. After a doubleheader against Pittsburgh on April 6, the Bison will continue conference play this weekend in a three-game series against Army West Point April 9-10 at home.

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