EASTON, Pa. – Bucknell softball ran its winning streak to eight straight games and finished off a series sweep of Lafayette with two come-from-behind wins at the Lafayette Softball Field. The Bison erased a 2-0 deficit on their way to a 5-2, eight-inning win in game one, and came back from a 3-1 deficit in a 6-3 win in game two.
Raeanne Geffert recorded the victory in both games on Saturday and all three games in the series to improve to 12-7 with a 1.87 ERA. In nine appearances against league opponents, including seven starts, the sophomore is 7-1 with a 0.46 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and just five walks.
The Bison’s eight-game winning streak is the program’s longest since the 2015 team won 11 straight. It is the second straight season that the team has had a six-game winning streak in league play.
Lauren Hadley went 5-for-8 on the day and was 11-for-19 in Bucknell’s five games over the last three days. She entered Thursday’s doubleheader hitting .330 and raised her average 49 points to .379 after the five games.
Bucknell will look to make it 10 in a row when it travels to Emmittsburg, Maryland, for a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Game 1 – Bucknell 5, Lafayette 2 (8 innings)
Clutch hits by Paulina Gutkin and Jess Hom helped Bucknell come back for a 5-2 win in eight innings in game one. It was just the second extra-inning game of the season for the Bison.
With Bucknell trailing 2-0 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Gutkin came on to pinch hit with runners on second and third. She delivered with a two-run, game-tying single to center field. Anna Gimmestad and Hadley scored on the hit.
Gimmestad led off the top of the eighth inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by cleanup hitter Meghan Kovac. Hadley moved Gimmestad to third with a single and then stole second base. Hom, a freshman who has come on strong as of late, took advantage of her opportunity to shine, plating Gimmestad with the go-ahead run on a two-out single to center field.
Julienne Egofske also had a big hit for the Bison in the eighth inning. She tacked on a pair of insurance runs with another Bucknell single to center field, giving her team a 6-3 lead.
Geffert had no problems in the bottom of the eight, putting the Leopards down in order. She totaled seven innings – three as a starter and then four in relief – to get the win. She gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Bucknell finished with 11 hits, all singles. Hadley continued her recent tear, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Marisa Alemany, Gimmestad, Taylor Wolfgang, Hom, Gutkin, Egofske, Ryanne Rokos, and Tara Baglivo contributed one single apiece.
Paige Grover paced Lafayette offensively with a solo home run in the third inning.
Game 2 – Bucknell 6, Lafayette 3
Bucknell trailed 3-1 before scoring five runs over the final three innings to complete the sweep with a 6-3 win in the final game.
Geffert pitched four scoreless innings of relief to pick up another win in the circle. She allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out six batters. Lauren Lichtenwalner started and turned in a solid effort, giving up three runs, two earned, in three innings of work. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.
With Lafayette leading 3-2, Hadley led off the top of the fifth inning for the Bison with a double. That was the start of a two-run inning that included Hadley scoring the game-tying run on a triple by Halie Mariano, and Rokos driving in Mariano for the go-ahead run with a single.
The Bison weren’t don’t as they added two runs on a home run by Hadley in the seventh inning. It was the junior’s sixth homer of the season and the team’s 27th. They need just one more to tie the program record of 28 set in 2009.
Five of Bucknell’s 11 hits went for extra bases, including Hadley’s double and home run. Kovac went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, while Mariano tripled and Gimmestad doubled. Wolfgang, Egofske, Rokos, and Lichtenwalner all singled.