Softball completes historic three-game sweep at Lehigh

Maggie Wyngowski, Contributing Writer

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The Bison softball team swept Lehigh in a three-game conference series in Bethlehem, Pa. on March 30-31. It was the first time in Patriot League play that any team had swept Lehigh in a series of at least three games, a historic accomplishment for the Orange and Blue.

 

Raeanne Geffert ’20 had an impressive weekend performance, most notably starting out the series tossing a no-hitter in the Bison’s 2-0 win over the Mountain Hawks in the first game of the weekend. During the first game, Geffert struck out 12 batters in a row. Three walks produced the only baserunners that Lehigh would have the entire game. The no-hitter was Geffert’s first of her career and the first in program history since Cindy Cherness ’16 threw a no-hitter against North Carolina Central in a five-inning game in 2016.

 

Lauren Hadley ’19 helped the Bison score their two runs, with the first run coming in the first inning and the second in the fifth. The Bison collected six hits total during the game.

 

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Orange and Blue beat the Mountain Hawks in five innings by a final score of 14-3. Jess Hom ’21 and Allyse Volpe ’22 both went 3-3 with two RBIs. Pitcher Lauren Lichtenwalner ’20 gave up one run in the first inning and two in the fifth inning.

 

“Overall, the team had an awesome weekend,” Hom said. “We came out ready to play and didn’t let up at all. I’d say it was just a really great team effort overall. Our pitchers were on, we made great plays in the field, and once we got our bats going they couldn’t stop us.”

 

In the third game, the Bison won 8-3, propelled by three home runs from Hadley, Taylor Wolfgang ’21, and Anna Gimmestad ’19. The Bison and Mountain Hawks were tied 3-3 entering the top of the sixth inning when the Bison scored five unanswered runs. Geffert pitched all seven innings, only giving up three runs. The Orange and Blue had 12 hits during the game and improved to a 6-0 record in the Patriot League.

 

“The rest of the season looks pretty great. The first two weekends have been amazing and we’re just getting started,” Hom said. “We’re confident going into next weekend, and we know if we come to play, it’s going to be very hard to stop us.”

 

The Bison will host a three-game series against Lafayette on April 6-7.

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