LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell’s late rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to Army West Point in the consolation semifinal of the Patriot League Softball Tournament on Saturday at Leadership Park. The Bison closed the season at 27-23 overall, finishing with a winning record in back-to-back seasons.
The Bison were no-hit by the Black Knights’ Renee Poirier through six innings before threatening to tie the game with a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Anna Gimmestad led off with a hard-hit single to third base, and sophomore Meghan Kovac followed with an opposite-field double down the right-field line. Gimmestad would go on to score on a fielder’s choice when Army attempted to throw her out at home on a grounder to second base, and pinch-runner Paulina Gutkin helped make it a one-run game by scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mariah Midyette.
With a runner on third and one out, Poirier got the next Bucknell batter to pop out and finished the game with a hard-hit grounder to first base that was fielded nicely by Emily Gray. The Black Knights improved to 38-19 overall and advanced to play Lehigh in the consolation bracket final.
Army jumped ahead early with two runs in the second inning and one in the third. Senior Dana Nielsen entered the game in the fourth and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. She didn’t allow a hit, walked one batter and struck out one.
Nielsen and fellow senior pitcher Amanda Fazio were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Fazio went the distance in a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Lehigh in the tournament opener on Thursday. Fazio earned the All-Tournament honor for the third straight year, while Nielsen received the award for the second time in her career.