DELAND, Fla. – Bucknell registered its best win of the season thus far with a 5-2 win at Stetson on Friday evening, salvaging a split in the doubleheader after a close 4-3 loss in the first game.

The Bison improved to 15-5 overall after going 6-2 on the spring break trip to Florida. The trip included a four-game winning streak and was capped by the win over the Hatters, who are now 22-7.

Bucknell will attempt to use that victory as a springboard to success in conference play, which it opens at home with a three-game series against Lafayette on March 25-26.

Game 1 – Stetson 4, Bucknell 3
Stetson jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on late to take a 4-3 win over Bucknell in the first game of the doubleheader. The Bison trailed 4-1 after four innings and came up just short of a comeback with one run in the top of the sixth and another in the seventh.

Trailing 4-2 in the final inning, Bucknell cut the deficit to one when sophomore Anna Gimmestad drove in Marisa Alemany with a one-out double to right-center field. Gimmestad advanced to third on a groundout, but was stranded as the potential tying run on third base.

Gimmestad had two doubles in the game. Lauren Hadley, Meghan Kovac, Paulina Gutkin, and Ryanne Rokos added one hit apiece.

Game 2 – Bucknell 5, Stetson 2
The momentum from the first game carried over to the second for the Bison in a 5-2 win over the Hatters. Unlike the first game, the Bison never trailed in this one, scoring once in the first inning, two in the third, and two in the sixth to take a five-run lead.

While Bucknell’s lineup was rolling in the second game, freshman pitcher Raeanne Geffert was doing her part in the circle, holding the Hatters scoreless with just one hit through the first five innings. She went the distance, giving up two runs on four hits. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

The Bison’s sophomore set of middle infielders carried the load offensively. Hadley singled, doubled and tripled, while Gimmestad tallied her third double of the day and added a single.

The first three batters in the lineup were outstanding for Bucknell, as freshman Marisa Alemany was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Alemany, Hadley, and Gimmestad combined to go 8-of-11 with three extra-base hits, four runs scored, and three RBIs.

Kovac, Gutkin, and Chaylen Andolino chipped in with one hit apiece.

After committing three errors in the first game, the Bison cleaned it up defensively with zero in the second contest.