***Due to expected cold temperatures early in the day, Sunday's game has been moved to 1 p.m.***
EASTON, Pa. – Senior Dana Nielsen pitched a complete-game shutout in the first game, and freshmen Lauren Hadley and Anna Gimmestad paced a solid offensive effort on the day as Bucknell recorded a sweep over Lafayette in a Patriot League doubleheader on Saturday.
Bucknell upped its record to 18-11 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette dropped to 7-19 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Hadley and Gimmestad combined for eight hits, including five for extra bases. Hadley, who hit her first career home run in the first game, is third on the team with a .321 batting average, while Gimmestad is fourth with a .319 average.
Bucknell and Lafayette will conclude the series with one game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Bucknell 7, Lafayette 0
Nielsen improved to 8-4 on the season while giving up just three hits in the complete-game shutout. She struck out five batters and walked just one.
Hadley sparked the seven-run game for the Bison, breaking a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run over the left field fence in the second inning.
The score remained 1-0 until Bucknell tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning. Mariah Midyette singled with two outs, advanced to second on a single by Ryanne Rokos and scored on a single by Amanda Fazio. The Bison then pulled away with three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh.
Over the past two seasons, Nielsen is 3-0 with three shutout wins against Lafayette. She hasn’t allowed a run in 19 innings against the Leopards.
Bucknell 6, Lafayette 3
Gimmestad went 3-for-4 with two doubles while leading Bucknell to a 6-3 win in the second game. She is second on the team and ranks in the top 40 in the nation with 11 doubles on the season.
Hadley got the Bison rolling again with a two-run double in the first inning. Wan, who walked, and Gimmestad, who delivered a two-out single, scored on Hadley’s hit.
Gimmestad’s first double of the game plated Fazio to put Bucknell up 3-0 in the third inning. Her second double came in the seventh inning and gave the Bison a 6-3 lead.
Hadley singled and doubled in the game, while Fazio singled twice. Wan and Kovac had one hit apiece.
Fazio went the distance in the circle to improve to 8-6. She gave up three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five batters.
Wan has now reached base in 14 straight games. Gimmestad upped her on-base streak to 10 games.