MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Bucknell broke out of an offensive slump in a big way Saturday, scoring 15 runs in a non-conference softball doubleheader sweep over Robert Morris at the North Athletic Complex. The Bison rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings in the first game, and then rallied for a 7-6 win in game two.
Bucknell improved to 23-10 overall, snapping a five-game losing streak that included games against Lehigh – the first-place team in the Patriot League – and Saint Francis – the first-place team in the Northeast Conference (NEC). Robert Morris, which sits in second in the NEC, dropped to 12-27 overall.
Freshman Raeanne Geffert was the winning pitcher in both games. She started and went the distance in game one, and then picked up the victory in relief in game two. She improved to 14-5 overall and lowered her ERA to 1.83.
The Bison wrap up a stretch of six straight non-conference games with a doubleheader at Penn State on Friday at 5 p.m.
Game 1 – Bucknell 8, Robert Morris 0 (5 innings)
Meghan Kovac homered, and Geffert pitched a shutout to lead Bucknell to an easy 8-0 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The eight runs were two more than the Bison had scored in the past five games combined.
Geffert gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out three. It was her second shutout of the season.
Kovac crushed the first pitch she saw in the top of the fourth inning for her fourth home run of the season, putting Bucknell up 6-0. Christina Martinez added an RBI groundout, and Chaylen Andolino drove in a run with a single later in the inning.
The Bison had the game in hand well before the fourth inning thanks to four runs in the first. Andolino drove in two runs with a single, while Julienne Egofske singled in one run. Carolyn Wan, who led off the game with a single, also scored in the inning when Lauren Hadley was hit by a pitch.
Hadley added an RBI single in the second inning to put Bucknell up 5-0.
The Bison finished with nine hits, led by Kovac, Hadley, and Andolino with two apiece. Hadley had one of the team’s two extra-base hits with a triple, her third of the season. Wan, Paulina Gutkin, Egofske, and Martinez all singled.
Game 2 – Bucknell 7, Robert Morris 6
Bucknell scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to rally for a 7-6 win over Robert Morris in game two. It was the fifth time in the six-game series history that the game was decided by just one run. The Bison have won four straight games in the series.
Trailing 6-5 after Robert Morris scored one in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bucknell had nobody on and two outs in the sixth after a caught stealing and a groundout. Wan, who went 3-for-4 as the leadoff hitter in the game, got things started with a single, and the Bison were aided by an inning-extending error the following batter. Anna Gimmestad then tied the game with an infield single, and Kovac drove in the eventual game-winning run with a single.
Geffert pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win in the circle. She gave up one hit and struck out one batter.
It was a back-and-forth game from the start as Robert Morris took a 2-0 lead after one before Bucknell responded with three runs in the top of the second. Andolino highlighted the inning with an RBI single.
Bucknell’s lead was short-lived as Robert Morris scored three times in the bottom of the second, but the Bison battled back to tie the game with two runs in the third. Gimmestad led off with a double and Hadley singled two batters later. Both runners would later score on a single by Martinez.
Wan’s three hits paced Bucknell’s 10-hit attack, while Gimmestad and Kovac contributed two apiece. Hadley, Martinez, and Andolino each had one hit.