Softball wins eighth straight game

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Softball wins eighth straight game

Photo Courtesy of Bucknell Athletic Department

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Photo Courtesy of Bucknell Athletic Department

Alexa Girasole, Senior Writer

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The Bison women’s softball team faced Lafayette in a three-game series on April 6-7, beating the Leopards in all three contests for a clean sweep.

On April 6, the Orange and Blue recorded a 2-0 win at the Lafayette Softball Field. Striking out five batters and only allowing two hits, Raeanne Geffert ’20 is now second in the Patriot League in wins with a season ERA of 1.87, 43 strikeouts, and just five walks on the season. Catcher Taylor Wolfgang ’21 maintained the 2-0 Bison lead after a throw out on a steal from first.

The Orange and Blue had seven hits, including two singles from Marisa Alemany ’20, a single from Meghan Kovac ’18, and three singles from Tara Baglivo ’21, who went three-for-three in the batter’s box. Wolfgang homered for the second straight game, increasing the Bison’s season home run total to 26, the second most in program history since 2008.

On April 7, in the first game of a double-header, the Bison rallied for a 5-2 win in eight innings thanks to hits from Paulina Gutkin ’18 and Jess Hom ’21. The Bison trailed 0-2 in the top of the sixth inning with two outs when Gutkin hit a two-run single into center field, allowing Lauren Hadley ’19 and Anna Gimmestad ’19 to score and tie the game.

The Orange and Blue had 11 hits in the game, all of which were singles. Notably, Alemany and Hadley went three-for-four in the contest. Julienne Egofske ’20 contributed her single in the eighth inning, giving the Bison the 5-2 lead. They were able to hold the Leopards in the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the win.

“We had to come from behind in a few games, and that shows me that we know how to fight through tough situations and win. Our team is putting in work everyday to constantly improve and reach our goal of winning a Patriot League Championship,” Geffert said.

The Bison continued their momentum in their final game of the series, scoring five runs in the final three innings for the 6-3 comeback victory. Lauren Lichtenwalner ’20 pitched a solid three innings, striking out two and surrendering zero walks.

Hadley’s fifth-inning double was the catalyst for the rally. She scored on a game-tying triple from Halie Mariano ’20, who was driven in by a single from Ryanne Rokos ’19. Hadley, who contributed two of the Bison’s eleven hits, also homered in the sixth inning. The other hits came from singles from Wolfgang, Egofske, Lichtenwalner and Rokos, in addition to Kovac going three-for-four with two singles and a double.

“I think this weekend was a great testament to what a team win is, and proved to us that no matter the situation or inning that we are never out of games and showed how much trust we have in one another,” Alemany said.

The Bison continue League Play with their final home series of the season against Lehigh on April 14-15.

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