Kissimmee, Fla. – Bucknell had an up-and-down day on the second day of competition at the Rebel Springs Games on Monday, opening with a thrilling 3-2 win in eight innings over Indiana State before struggling offensively in a 1-0 loss to Rider. The Bison are 11-7 overall and 2-2 during their spring trip to Florida.
Freshman Anna Gimmestad had the game-winning hit in the first game, backing up a great pitching performance by senior Dana Nielsen. The Bison weren’t able to take advantage of another outstanding outing by senior Amanda Fazio in the second game.
The Bison will get a chance to get some revenge on Rider, which improved to 1-10, when they play the Broncs twice on Tuesday. They also have another game against Indiana State, which fell to 3-16 with two losses on Monday, when they meet up again on Wednesday.
Bucknell’s pitching staff lowered its ERA to 2.19 through the first 18 games of the season. The Bison have given up 37 earned runs in 118.1 innings.
Bucknell 3, Indiana State 2 (8 innings)
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gimmestad hit a no-out, bases-loaded single that plated Ryanne Rokos for the game-winning run. Rokos had started on second base because of international tiebreaker rules, and advanced to third on a bunt single by Meghan Kovac. The bases were loaded on an intentional walk of Jacee Almond.
Nielsen went all eight innings, giving up two unearned runs. She allowed six hits, walked two batters and struck out two. She improved to 5-1 while dropping her ERA to 2.68 in 44.1 innings in the circle.
Bucknell jumped out to a 2-0 lead with one run in both the first and second innings. Almond drove in Carolyn Wan with a two-out double in the first inning, and Mariah Midyette knocked in Lauren Hadley with a single in the second inning. Hadley had led off the frame with a double.
Indiana State scored one run in the fifth inning and tied the game with a run in the seventh. The Sycamores had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth. They had runners on second and third with no outs before Nielsen got the next batter to pop up. The big play came on a suicide squeeze attempt that failed when Christina Martinez fielded the bunt and tagged out the runner coming home.
Bucknell had eight hits in the game, led by Kovac and Midyette with two apiece. Almond, Gimmestad, Hadley and Chaylen Andolino added one hit apiece.
Rider 1, Bucknell 0
Fazio didn’t allow an earned run in the game, but dropped to 5-4 on the season. The senior’s record is not indicative of the statistical season she is having. Her ERA dropped to 0.97, and she has 48 strikeouts and just seven walks over 57.2 innings of work.
Rider scored the lone run on a throwing error in the second inning. The Broncs managed to get just two hits off Fazio, who walked one batter and struck out five.
Bucknell also had two hits in the game despite going without a strikeout. Fazio and Midyette each had a single.