Bucknell 8, Colgate 1

The Bucknell softball team won its conference series with Colgate and secured a berth in the Patriot League Tournament on Sunday afternoon, taking an 8-1 win in the weekend’s third game, held on the Eaton Street Field. A 12-hit outing and a strong pitching performance by sophomore Amanda Fazio helped Bucknell improve to 20-22 overall and 9-6 in Patriot League play, while Colgate fell to 11-29 overall and 3-12 in the conference.

Cydnee Sanders completed a stellar offensive weekend with her performance on Sunday, recording three hits in four at-bats with two runs and an RBI, but the junior was aided by classmate Kristen Zahn and freshman Jacee Almond in lifting the Bison over the Raiders. Zahn was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and an RBI, while Almond registered three hits and scored once.  

The Bison came out firing in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs to put the Raiders on the chase for the rest of the contest. An error on a single by Zahn drove in both Almond and Sanders, putting Bucknell on the board, and freshman Chaylen Andolino added to the lead when her single to center field brought Zahn across the plate.

Colgate got one back in the bottom of the third, scoring on a single up the middle, but Bucknell responded in grand fashion in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs to take an 8-1 lead. Sophomore Mariah Midyette started things off with a double to center field, and junior Colie Escobar singled up the middle after a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Cheyanna Young, bringing Midyette in. Sanders recorded a hit, allowing Escobar to score, and Bucknell’s last three runs of the inning were recorded on two walks and a wild pitch.

The Bison tallied three hits over the last three innings, bringing their total for the day to 12, but were unable to advance past second base. Fazio didn’t allow the Raiders a single hit in the final three stanzas however, protecting Bucknell’s 8-1 win.

Fazio earned her second win of the weekend and her third of the season on Sunday, improving to 3-4 with her seven-inning performance. The sophomore allowed just three hits and one earned run, while walking six and recording one strikeout.

Bucknell will continue to vie for position in the conference tournament when it concludes its regular season on the road next weekend, traveling to Boston University for a three-game series. The Bison and the Terriers will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, with first pitch on both days scheduled for 12 p.m.