TOWSON, Md. – Bucknell softball posted a 3-1 record at the Towson Invite after closing the weekend with a split on Sunday at the Towson Softball Complex. The Bison opened the day with a 6-1 win over St. John’s before dropping its finale 3-0 to the host Tigers.
Bucknell upped its record to 7-7. The Bison also had a win over Quinnipiac and another against St. John’s on Saturday.
Up next for Bucknell is its Spring Break trip to Georgia on March 10-17. The Bison will play four games at Kennesaw State’s Rafter Memorial Tournament, a single game at Georgia, and five games at the Mercer Bears Classic.
Bucknell 6, St. John’s 1
Raeanne Geffert had St. Johns’ number for a second consecutive day, going the distance in Bucknell’s 6-1 win. She gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three.
Geffert pitched two complete-game wins against the Red Storm, giving up just two earned runs in the 14 innings of work. Over the two games she allowed seven hits and four walks while striking out 12.
Bucknell’s lineup was just as good in both games against St. John’s, scoring six runs in each win. In Sunday’s victory, the Bison totaled nine hits. Lauren Hadley, Meghan Kovac, and Paulina Gutkin collected two hits apiece, while Anna Gimmestad and Lauren Lichtenwalner each had one for extra bases with a triple and double, respectively. Halie Mariano chipped in with a single.
The Bison struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ryanne Rokos led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and scored on a single by Gutkin. Kovac drove in the second run, plating Gutkin from third with a single.
Gutkin made things happen on the bases all game. In Bucknell’s three-run fourth inning, she drove in two runs with an infield single and advanced to second on the throw home. That allowed her two score on a single up the middle by Hadley. She reached on a fielding error in the sixth inning, put herself in scoring position with a stolen base, and scored on another single by Hadley.
Geffert improved to 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA. She has struck out 31 batters and walked five over 41.2 innings of work.
Towson 3, Bucknell 0
Towson’s Megan Dejter stayed unbeaten at 6-0 as Bucknell closed the invitational with a 3-0 loss to the Tigers. She gave up five hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out five.
Bucknell’s pitching staff turned in a solid showing in a losing effort. Taylor Langtry came on in relief and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. She got the Bison out of a bases loaded jam with back-to-back outs when she entered the game in the fourth inning.
Taylor Wolfgang doubled for Bucknell’s lone extra-base hit. Hadley, Lichtenwalner, Rokos, and Gutkin had one hit apiece.
Towson improved to 12-3 on the season with its sixth consecutive win.