Softball begins conference play, sweeps Lafayette

Alexa Girasole, Contributing Writer

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Bison softball had a clean sweep against Lafayette from March 25-26, improving their overall record to 18-5. These games marked the beginning of the Patriot League play on the 2017 season.

Lafayette did not stand a chance against the Bison, who won three consecutive games.

During the first game on March 25, the Bison pulled out a 2-1 win. Raeanne Geffert ’20 pitched all seven innings. She struck out six of the final seven batters, giving the Bison the momentum they needed to pull ahead of their 1-1 tie. Geffert didn’t give up a single walk during the game. Meghan Kovac ’18 scored the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Orange and Blue had eight hits throughout the game, including hits from Anna Gimmestad ’19, Christina Martinez ’17, Lauren Hadley ’19, Kovac, and Paulina Gutkin ’18.

The Bison didn’t give up one run to Lafayette during the second game of day, winning 4-0. The Orange and Blue scored all of their runs in the first three innings, with Kovac putting the Bison on the scoreboard in the first inning. Two additional runs were made in the second inning and the final run in the third inning. Hadley used her speed and stole two bases to put herself in scoring position, and is the team leader for stolen bases, putting her grand total at nine. The Bison finished with seven hits, including a two-run double in the second inning by Marisa Alemany ’20.

The Bison showed no mercy in their final game on March 26, finishing 8-1. Geffert pitched all seven innings and only allowed one run without walking a single batter. Hadley, Kovac, and Gutkin all singled and doubled, driving in two runs. The Bison finished with 12 hits and never trailed once during this game.

“We challenge each other to give 100 percent effort each and every time we step on the field and we trust that we are all giving that level of effort. When that happens, we achieve some amazing things as a unit,” Martinez said.

For anyone watching on the bench, it is obvious that they play as one instead of nine individuals each doing a different job.

“This is an exceptional group of women, the most selfless team I have ever played with and I cannot wait to see what this season has in store for us,” Martinez said.

The Bison will play on their home field from April 1-2 in a triple-header against Colgate.

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