LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell softball team received two All-Patriot League honors as junior Meghan Kovac and freshman Raeanne Geffert were voted to the Second Team, the league office released on Tuesday.
Kovac, who started all 41 games she played at first base this season, earns her second straight All-Patriot League citation after receiving First Team recognition as a sophomore. Kovac currently ranks in the top three in the conference in batting average (.365), slugging (.540), and RBIs (36). She finished with seven doubles, one triple, and five home runs, and led the team with 15 multi-hit games.
Entering her final season with the Bison, Kovac needs just three RBIs to break the program's career record. She also ranks in the top 10 in batting average, doubles, and home runs. She has batted over .360 in each of the past two seasons.
Geffert wrapped up an outstanding rookie campaign with her first All-Patriot League honor. She went 14-9 with a 2.20 ERA while making 32 appearances in the circle, including 19 starts. Geffert finished with 117 strikeouts to just 20 walks in in 152.2 innings of work. She currently ranks in the top three in the conference in ERA, opposing batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins.
Geffert was one of the top pitchers in the conference this season, as well as one of the top rookies at any position. She earned three Patriot League Pitcher of the Week awards and three Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. If you take out a 12-run outing early in the year that accounted for 25 percent of the runs she gave up for the season, she posted a 1.70 ERA.
Bucknell recently wrapped up its season with a 23-20 record. It was the team's third straight winning season.
2017 Softball All-Patriot League and Major Awards
Player of the Year: Jilee Schanda, Boston University, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year: Christine Campbell, Lehigh, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brooke Wensel, Lafayette, So.
Rookie of the Year: Lacey Swafford, Army West Point
Coach of the Year: Fran Troyan, Lehigh
1B – Vicky Lattanzio, Lehigh, Sr.
2B – Alee Rashenskas, Army West Point, Sr.
3B – Holly Geranen, Colgate, Jr.
SS – Moriah Connolly, Boston University, Sr.*
C – Carolyn Wright, Lehigh, Jr.
DP – Ashley Cole, Lehigh, Sr.*
OF – Jilee Schanda, Boston University, Jr.*
OF – Katie Bushee, Colgate, Sr.
OF – Ashley Quidolit-Rabago, Lehigh, So.
P – Makinna Akers, Boston University, Sr.
P – Emily Sorem, Lehigh, So.
At-large – Gabi Martinez, Boston University, Sr.
1B – Meghan Kovac, Bucknell, Jr.
2B – Mary-Hannah Smith, Lehigh, Fr.
3B – Mandy McCarthy, Holy Cross, Jr.
SS – Taylor Wahler, Holy Cross, So.
C – Alex Heinen, Boston University, So.
DP – Alexa Ponce, Boston University, So.
OF – Lacey Swafford, Army West Point, Fr.
OF – Ashley Cole, Lehigh, Sr.
OF –Nicole Yozzo, Lehigh, Jr.
P – Christine Campbell, Lehigh, Sr.
P – Raeanne Geffert, Bucknell, Fr.
At-large – Ashley Yoo, Army West Point, So.