LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell softball closed the regular season with a pair of home losses to defending Patriot League champion Boston University on Sunday, falling to the Terriers 4-3 in game one and 4-2 in game two.
The Bison honored their five seniors – Chaylen Andolino, Lara Bean, Christina Martinez, Jacklyn Tyburk, and Carolyn Wan – prior to the first game. The group won 108 games during their four-year careers, setting the record for any class in program history.
Bucknell finished 23-20 overall for its third straight winning season. The Bison went 6-11 in the Patriot League. Boston University heads to the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed with an overall record of 23-25 and a conference mark of 14-3. The Terriers won 14 consecutive Patriot League games.
Game 1 – Boston University 4, Bucknell 3
With its postseason hopes on the line, Bucknell found itself down 4-0 but fought to the final out. The Bison rallied with three runs in the final two innings, but fell by one run for the fourth-straight game and the fifth time in 10 league losses.
Martinez gave the Bison hope with a clutch two-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting the deficit in half. She went the opposite way to right-center field, scoring Anna Gimmestad from second and Tyburk, who had a one-out single, from first.
Bucknell's first two hitters were retired in the seventh, but it still had a chance when Lauren Hadley reached on an error, the fifth of the game by Boston University. Meghan Kovac followed with a single to center, and Gimmestad then came through with an RBI single. The Terriers' Makinna Akers, who went all seven innings in the circle, got a foul popup to first base to end the game.
Bean made her final start at Bucknell and pitched well. She went 5.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Raeanne Geffert pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Kovac and Wan had half of Bucknell's eight hits with two singles apiece. Martinez's double was the team's lone extra-base hit, while Gimmestad, Tyburk, and Halie Mariano each had one hit.
Alex Heinen had the big hit for Boston University, breaking a scoreless tie with a two-run double with two outs and two strikes in the fifth inning.
Game 2 – Boston University 4, Bucknell 2
Boston University jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and then held on for a 4-2 win in the second game. Jilee Schanda led the Terriers with a pair of triples and a diving catch going toward the center-field fence to rob Andolino of extra bases late in the game.
Despite being down four runs, Bucknell rallied again with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bison got the first two runners on with a walk by Maddie Minneci and a single by Julienne Egofske. After a one-out walk by Kovac to load the bases, Lauren Lichtenwalner ripped a double to left-center field wall to drive in a pair of runs.
Lichtenwalner pitched five innings of solid relief. She allowed one run on three hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out one.
In addition to the hits by Egofske and Kovac, Hadley doubled and Wan and Antonellis each singled.