LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell is all alone atop the Patriot League softball standings after finishing off a series sweep of Colgate with a pair of wins in a doubleheader Sunday at Becker Field. The Bison improved to 21-5 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the conference with a 7-0 win in game one and a 4-1 win in game two.
Army West Point and Lehigh also entered the day with unbeaten league records, but the Black Knights lost their first game against Holy Cross, and the Mountain Hawks dropped game two of their doubleheader against Lafayette.
The Bison have won seven straight games. They out-scored Colgate 14-1 during the three-game series, have out-scored their opponents 28-3 over six league games, and have out-scored their opponents 33-5 during the winning streak.
Bucknell goes on the road for a three-game series against Lehigh on Saturday and Sunday. The Mountain Hawks are 5-1 in the conference and were voted as the favorites to win the league in the preseason poll.
Game 1 – Bucknell 7, Colgate 0
Lauren Hadley hit a two-run home run, and Lara Bean worked her way out of trouble numerous times while pitching a complete-game shutout to lift Bucknell to a 7-0 win over Colgate in the first game of the doubleheader.
Hadley’s home run, her second of the season, was a blast over the center field fence to spark a three-run bottom of the fifth inning for the Bison. Chaylen Andolino added an RBI double in the inning to up the lead to 7-0.
The Bison led early thanks to a four-run second inning. Christina Martinez broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double, Maddie Minneci scored on an error, and Celina Antonellis scored on a bunt single by Anna Gimmestad.
Bean gave up five hits, walked seven, and struck out two batters while registering her second shutout of the season. She stranded 10 runners, including the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Raiders loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, but Bean retired the next three batters with three straight infield popups. She allowed the first two runners to reach in the seventh inning, but worked out of that jam with two groundouts, including a game-ending 5-3 double play.
Gimmestad was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two singles, while Hadley added a single to her home run. Andolino singled and doubled, and Martinez had one double. Adding one single apiece were Antonellis and Halie Mariano.
Game 2 – Bucknell 4, Colgate 1
Raeanne Geffert went the distance in the circle to register a win in her fifth consecutive start, leading the Bison to a 4-1 victory in the second game. She gave up three hits, walked one – the first batter of the game – and struck out three batters.
Geffert has won in eight straight pitching appearances and hasn’t suffered a loss in 12 straight appearances. Her last defeat came against Winthrop on Feb. 24. She is 12-2 on the season with a 2.07 ERA.
Hadley singled for one of Bucknell’s four hits in the game. She upped her on-base streak to 25 straight games. Andolino doubled, Kovac singled, and Mariano had her second pinch-hit single of the day.
Andolino put Bucknell up 2-0 with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kovac made it 4-0 with a two-run single in the fifth inning.
After 20 straight scoreless innings by the Bucknell pitching staff, Colgate finally got on the board with a solo home run to left-center field by Nicole Rounsavill with one out in the top of the seventh inning.