HAMILTON, N.Y. – Freshman Tara Baglivo went 5-for-7 at the plate while leading Bucknell softball to a doubleheader sweep over Colgate at Eaton Street Field on Saturday. With the two wins, the Bison (22-19-1, 11-3 PL) clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
The Bison, who are 13-1-1 over their last 15 games, hung on for a 6-5 win over Colgate in game one before adding a 6-3 victory in game two. The Raiders dropped to 8-27 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
Bucknell remains just behind first-place Boston University (29-17, 9-2 PL) in second place in the Patriot League standings. The teams will play a three-game series on April 28-29.
Colgate and Bucknell will conclude their series with one game at noon on Sunday.
Both teams’ lineups were rolling early as Bucknell held a slim 5-4 lead after three innings. Hadley singled in a pair of runs in the first inning, while Kovac doubled in two runs in the second. Taylor Wolfgang led off the top of the third with a walk and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Julienne Egofske.
The early offensive output by the Bison was enough to keep the lead on the Raiders, who scored three times in the first inning and once in the third.
Bucknell added an important insurance run in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Hadley led off with a single, stole second with two outs, and scored on a single by Baglivo.
That run proved to be pivotal as Colgate cut its deficit to 6-5 with one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Raiders had the game-tying run on second base, but Raeanne Geffert got the next batter to ground out to secure the win for the Bison.
Geffert went the distance to improve to 16-8 on the season. She allowed 10 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out six.
Bucknell finished with eight hits. Anna Gimmestad and Egofske each contributed a single.
Jordan Miller paced Colgate offensively with a three-run homer in the first inning.
Game 2 – Bucknell 6, Colgate 3
Taylor Langtry gave up just two runs in five innings of work while pitching Bucknell to a 6-3 victory in the second game Saturday. Langtry has been solid in each of her past two starts, including four innings of work in a Bison win over Lehigh last weekend.
Langtry recorded her second win of the season while scattering seven hits and three walks. Geffert pitched the sixth inning, while Lauren Lichtenwalner put the Raiders down in order in the seventh to register her first save of the year.
Wolfgang homered in the second inning to give Bucknell a 1-0 lead. It was the freshman’s fifth home run of the season.
Colgate responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but the Bison scored five runs over the final three innings to get the win.
The Bison have won 10 straight games in the series with the Raiders.