Softball sweeps doubleheader at Robert Morris in non-league contest

Alexa Girasole, Staff Writer

Bison softball had a clean sweep against Robert Morris University on April 15, with one shutout win and a second close victory. With the two victories, the Bison improved their overall record to 23-10.

The Bison dominated the first game of the doubleheader, winning 8-0 and sending the mercy rule into effect in the fifth inning, when the Orange and Blue had already scored eight runs. Raeanne Geffert ’20 pitched her second shutout of the season, striking out three batters. Meghan Kovac ’18 hit her fourth home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning, which extended the score 6-0. The Bison finished with nine hits, including a triple from Lauren Hadley ’19. Julienne Egofske ’20, Carolyn Wan ’17, Chaylen Andolino ’17, Paulina Gutkin ’18, and Christina Martinez ’17 all singled.

“The team played with relentless aggression. We did a great job at swinging early in the count and executing each play,” Wan said.

The second game of the day was a much closer battle, which the Orange and Blue won 7-6 after a hard fight. Wan, who went 3-for-4 at the plate in the game, started the game with a lead-off single. Her three hits paced the team’s offense for the back side of the doubleheader.

The Bison entered the sixth inning down 5-6 after allowing one run in the bottom of the fifth. Anna Gimmestad ’19 tied the game at six with an infield single in the top of the sixth inning. Later in the inning, Kovac drove in the game-winning run with a single to complete the two-out rally. The Bison finished the game with 10 hits, including two apiece from Kovac and Gimmestad.

“As we move forward in the season, we are focused on playing our game. It doesn’t matter who our opponent is, as long as we do the things that we are good at doing, and along with that comes winning,” Egofske said.

The Bison visited Penn State on April 19 to conclude a stretch of six non-Patriot League games. They resume league play on April 22-23 at West Point for a three-game series.

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