EMMITSBURG, Md. – Bucknell softball entered the day with an eight-game winning streak and ended it with a 10-game unbeaten streak as the Bison won 12-8 in the first game against Mount St. Mary’s before tying 4-4 in the second game.
The Bison are 18-18-1 as they prepare for a three-game league series against Lehigh this weekend. Potential rain for Sunday has forced a change to the schedule. The teams will open the series with one game on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and will finish it with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.
With two home runs on the day, the Bison have 29 on the season. That breaks the previous school record of 28 set in 2009.
Game 1 – Bucknell 12, Mount St. Mary’s 8
Meghan Kovac tied multiple single-game program records, going 5-for-5 with a single, three doubles, a home run, and six RBIs to lead Bucknell to a 12-8 win over Mount St. Mary’s in game one. She tied the records for both hits and doubles in a game.
Lauren Hadley was a double away from the cycle as she went 3-for-4 with a single, triple, and home run. Combined, Kovac and Hadley – the team’s three and four hitters in the lineup – went 8-for-9 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine RBIs, and six runs scored.
The game turned out to be a little more adventurous than Bucknell would have hoped after it jumped out an 8-0 lead after four innings. The Bison just needed to hold Mount St. Mary’s scoreless in the fifth to end the game with a mercy rule, but instead the Mount erupted for eight runs to tie the game.
Bucknell immediately responded to the big Mount St. Mary’s inning with four runs in the top of the sixth. Kovac delivered a go-ahead two-run double, and Hadley followed with a two-run homer. It was the seventh long ball of the season for the junior.
Geffert pitched five scoreless innings – three as a starter and two in relief – to get the win and improve to 13-7 on the season. She gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out six.
Bucknell finished with 14 hits, including the eight that came from Kovac and Hadley. Marisa Alemany singled and doubled, Anna Gimmestad single twice, and Lauren Lichtenwalner and Celina Antonellis each singled once.
Kovac’s home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, was her 10th of the season. She and Hadley rank first and second in the Patriot League.
Kovac finished the game with hits in eight straight at-bats, including a hit in each of her final three at-bats in a win over Lafayette on Saturday.
Game 2 – Bucknell 4, Mount St. Mary’s 4
Mount St. Mary’s scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning just minutes before the game was called due to darkness as the teams played to a 4-4 tie in game two.
It was a back-and-forth game. The Mount led 1-0 after one inning and 2-1 after four before Bucknell took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the fifth. The Mount scored once in the fifth and tied the game in the seventh.
Taylor Langtry started and had a solid game in the circle for the Bison. She gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 4.1 innings of work. Lichtenwalner pitched 2.2 innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
Mount St. Mary’s moved its record to 9-18-1.