Bison Softball secures spot in Patriot League Tournament

Alexa Girasole, Senior Writer

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The Orange and Blue secured their spot in the Patriot League Tournament after sweeping Colgate on April 21-22. They are now second in the league with a 12-3 record, only trailing Boston University in the standings.

Tara Baglivo ’21 went 5-for-7 over the course of the series and 3-for-4 in game one against the Raiders. She was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her strong performances.

On April 21, the Bison took a 6-5 win over Colgate in game one. The Bison only had a 5-4 lead in the third inning, but Lauren Hadley ’19 led with a single, stole second and scored from a single by Baglivo to increase the advantage to 6-4. On the mound, Raeanne Geffert ’20 was able to hold the Bison’s lead in the seventh by getting the tying run to ground out. Geffert struck out six batters over the course of the game. Meghan Kovac ’18 and Hadley drove in two runs each. Anna Gimmestad ’19 also contributed one of the Orange and Blue’s eight hits.

The Bison utilized its entire pitching staff during a 6-3 win in game two. Taylor Langtry ’18 only gave up two hits in five innings, while Geffert pitched a hitless inning in the sixth and Lauren Lichtenwalner ’20 recorded her first save of the season in the seventh inning. The Bison had 11 hits including two from Wolfgang, Baglivo, and Paulina Gutkin ’18. Ryanne Rokos ’19, Kovac, Hadley, and Egofske all singled. Wolfgang hit her fifth homer of the season in the second inning, leading the Orange and Blue to their tenth straight win against the Raiders.

“Our defense was solid this past weekend, especially the outfield, who made some terrific plays in the not-so-ideal windy conditions we played in. Our offense performed very well too, as there were many quality at bats and a lot of runs scored on several hits,” Wolfgang said.

In their final game on April 22, Geffert pitched a complete game to clinch the 5-1 win. Kovac, who holds the school record for home runs and RBIs, broke the record for most career doubles with 48. Rokos went 2-for-3 with a triple, while Gimmestad hit a two-run double.

“Our team played very well this weekend and all of our wins were team wins. We always talk about how much of a team effort each game is and I feel that every person truly believes that and we feed off of each other to be successful,” Baglivo said. “No matter what the situation is, everyone has full confidence in the team, which allows people to stay loose and play their best game.”

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