BOSTON, Mass. – Bucknell softball lost both games of a Patriot League doubleheader at Boston University on Saturday, falling 8-4 in game one before dropping a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in game two.
The Bison dipped to 25-21-1 overall and 12-5 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers improved to 33-17 overall and 12-2 in the league.
The teams will conclude the series with one game at noon on Sunday. Boston University can clinch hosting rights for the Patriot League Tournament with a win. Bucknell can still earn hosting rights with a win and the Terriers getting swept in three games by Colgate next weekend.
Game 1 – Boston University 8, Bucknell 4
Bucknell out-hit Boston University 10-8 but was doomed by five errors in an 8-4 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Five of the Terriers’ runs were unearned.
The Bison scored early against Ali DuBois, who has been one of the top two pitchers in the league all season. They scored three runs on her in 1.1 innings, including RBI doubles by Meghan Kovac and Anna Gimmestad. But the Terriers turned to three relief pitchers – Kalie Magane, Lizzie Annerino, and Cali Dolfi to hold the Bison to one run over the final 5.2 innings.
Annerino gave up one run in two innings of work while picking up her third win of the season. Dolfi recorded the save with 3.2 scoreless innings.
Game 2 – Boston University 1, Bucknell 0
Emily Morrow led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off home run to give Boston University a 1-0 win in game two.
That was the only blemish on a great performance in the circle by Bucknell’s Raeanne Geffert. The sophomore gave up four hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out two while pitching her second complete game of the day.
DuBois pitched the Terriers to the win, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out three. She upped her record to 23-6 on the year.
Alemany and Gimmestad had singles for Bucknell. Alemany has reached base in 24 consecutive games.