Softball falls to Boston, splits series with St. Francis

Marta Considine, Staff Writer

The Bison visited Boston from April 16-17 to take on the Terriers in a three-game series. In the first game, the Bison fell to Boston 8-0 in five innings. The Orange and Blue came back swinging in game two, defeating Boston 5-1. For the first five innings, the Bison were down 0-1, but Anna Gimmestad ’19 put the Bison on the board as she hit her first career home run in the top of the sixth. The Orange and Blue dominated the seventh inning, scoring four runs, all with two outs. Mariah Midyette ’16 scored the first run off of a Ryanne Rokos ’19 RBI single. Pitcher Amanda Fazio ’16 hit a two-run triple, making the score 4-1. Finally, Gimmestad hit a single to bring the Bison victory to 5-1.

After the split series on April 16, the Terriers and Bison returned to face off for the final game the following day. The Bison were the first on the board as Jacee Almond ’17 hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. However, the Terriers scored twice in the sixth inning to take home the victory and the series. Fazio pitched all six innings, striking out three. The Bison are now 7-5 in the Patriot League, aiming to secure a spot in the four-team conference tournament.

“The games this weekend were tough but we’re a team that bounces back and that’s what we did tonight. Even though we only won one game tonight, we played really well and made some great adjustments and I can’t wait to see this team continue to do that the rest of the year,” Meghan Kovac ’18 said.

Following their loss to Boston University, the Orange and Blue fought back on April 19 to split the series with St. Francis in Loretto, Pa. Kovac led the Bison with her fifth home run of the year, along with a single and a double. The Bison went up 4-0 in the fourth inning and never turned back as they claimed the victory with a final score of 9-3. The Orange and Blue totaled 17 hits in the victory.

In the second game of the series, the Bison fell to the Red Flash 8-1 as St. Francis hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the game. In the loss, Rokos had three hits, while Almond and Lauren Hadley ’19 each had a single.

The Bison return to conference play as they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. from April 23-24 to face Colgate in a three-game series.

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