NEWARK, Del. – Amanda Fazio pitched a complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over Delaware State to highlight the final day of the Blue Hen Blast for the Bucknell softball team. The Bison went 1-2 on the day, including losses to the Hornets and Delaware.
Fazio also became Bucknell’s career strikeout leader with 366. She passed the previous record of 364 set by Christie Wiest (2005-08). Senior Dana Nielsen is up to 305 strikeouts, moving her into fifth on the all-time list.
Bucknell opened the day with a 12-10 loss to Delaware State in a game that was suspended due to darkness the previous day. The Bison bounced back with the shutout win over the Hornets before falling 6-5 to the host Blue Hens.
"Our bats came to life this weekend," said Bucknell head coach Courtnay Foster. "We still need to find a way to win the close ones. Freshmen Lauren Hadley and Anna Gimmestad were solid in the middle of the lineup. It was good to see them get into a rhythm."
Sophomore Meghan Kovac had hits in the first two games to run her season-opening hitting streak to 13 games. The streak came to an end in the final game of the day, but she concluded the tournament with a season batting average of .612 and an on-base percentage of .661.
The Bison return to Lewisburg with an 8-6 record. Up next on the schedule is their spring break trip to Kissimmee, Florida, where they will play 10 games. The opponents include Florida A&M, Drexel, Indiana State, Rider and Albany.
Delaware State 12, Bucknell 10
The game was suspended on Saturday with the score tied 9-9 in the top of the sixth inning, and the Hornets came out on top when play resumed Sunday morning. The Bison led 10-9 before the Hornets scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bucknell had a huge comeback in the game, erasing a 9-2 deficit after the second inning. The Bison chipped away, scoring two runs in both the third and fourth innings and tying the game with four in the sixth inning.
Both teams had 13 hits, but Bucknell left nine runners on base, while Delaware State stranded four. Chaylen Andolino had three hits for the Bison, including her second home run of the season. Lauren Hadley was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, while Kovac and Anna Gimmestad each had a single and double.
Vanessa Washington paced Delaware State’s offense with five RBIs. She had three hits, including a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning.
Bucknell 6, Delaware State 0
Fazio started the second game of the day and was able to shut down the Delaware State offense. She gave up just three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. The senior is 4-3 with a 1.10 ERA in 10 appearances. She has struck out 39 batters and walked just five.
The Bison broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the third inning. Kovac drove in the first with a triple and then scored on a double by Jacee Almond. Kovac came through again just one inning later, driving in two runs with a bases loaded single.
Anna Gimmestad sparked Bucknell’s two-run fifth inning that helped put the game away. She led off with a double and scored on a single by Hadley. Christina Martinez plated Hadley with an RBI groundout.
Bucknell scored its six runs on seven hits. Kovac had two, while Fazio, Almond, Gimmestad, Hadley and Martinez had one apiece.
Delaware 6, Bucknell 5
The Bison closed the tournament with a tough 6-5 loss to Delaware, giving up a three-run lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Fazio, Ryanne Rokos and Almond each had a double, while Fazio and Rokos also added singles. Hadley singled twice, and Gimmestad, Martinez and Andolino each singled once.
Trailing by one in the top of the seventh inning, Gimmestad led off with a single and was followed by Hadley with another single. The runners were stranded on first and second.