Langtry and Wolfgang awarded League honors after Seahawk Softball Classic

Alexa Girasole, Senior Writer

Bison softball split their weekend of play with three wins and two losses at the Seahawk Softball Classic in Wilimington N.C. on Feb. 23-25, improving their season record to 4-6. Taylor Wolfgang ’21 and Taylor Langtry ’18 earned Patriot League honors of Patriot League Rookie of the week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

The Orange and Blue struggled in their first game against Maine, dropping the contest by a final score of 11-1 in a six-inning loss. Marisa Alemany ’20 had the two hits for the Bison, with a triple in the fourth and a run on an error along with a single in the sixth inning.

Later that afternoon, the Bison bounced back in their first of two games against Longwood with a 7-4 win. Lauren Lichtenwalner ’20 pitched all seven innings and only gave up one hit while striking out three batters. Anna Gimmestad ’19 hit a homer that sailed over the left-field fence, and scored Alemany for a two-run home run.

Meghan Kovac ’18 added a double in the winning effort, adding to her career total of 41 doubles and putting her in third place for the program doubles record. Lauren Hadley ’19, Halie Mariano ’20 and Paulina Gutkin ’18 each contributed one single apiece.

On day two of the tournament, Langtry pitched a shutout game in her first career start and struck out four batters in a 3-0 victory against Maine. The Bison scored runs off of a double from Wolfgang and singles from Hadley and Tara Baglivo ’21. The Orange and Blue had four hits in the contest.

Despite beating Longwood the day before, the Bison couldn’t pull out another win in their second matchup, which Longwood won with a final score of 0-3. Wolfgang contributed two more singles, in addition to singles from Gutkin and Lichtenwalner. Mariano doubled for the Bison, but the Orange and Blue could not drive in a run.

Lichtenwalner and Langtry pitched a combined shutout on the final day of the tournament against UNCW for a 3-0 win. Lichtenwalner pitched for the first four innings, but when UNCW had the bases loaded with two outs, Langtry stepped in for relief and was able to finish out the inning with a strikeout on a 3-2 count. Langtry has not allowed an earned run in 12 innings this season.

Kovac contributed a two-run double in the third inning, driving in Gutkin and Hadley for the advantage. Wolfgang led off the fourth inning with a single and Baglivo scored on a two-out hit by Hadley. Out of the Bison’s six hits, Hadley had two, while Kovac, Gimmestad, Wolfgang and Ryanne Rokos ’19 each added one.

“We played solid defense and saw improvements in our hitting. We are looking forward to getting back out on the field against Towson next weekend,” Langtry said.

The Bison will look to build on the season when they play in Towson’s Tiger Clash March 2-4, where they will face Quinnipiac, Towson, and St. John’s.

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