ROCK HILL, S.C. – Bucknell softball won both of its games Saturday while competing on the second day of the Winthrop/Adidas Tournament. The Bison improved to 3-1 in the tournament and 7-2 on the season.
Bucknell opened the day with a 7-4 victory over East Tennesee State and followed that with a 2-1 win over Eastern Kentucky. The Bison also have a win over North Carolina Central at the tournament and a loss to Winthtop.
The Bison wrap up play in the tournament with a game against Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Game 1 – Bucknell 7, ETSU 4
Meghan Kovac and Lauren Hadley had three hits apiece to lead Bucknell to a 7-4 win over East Tennessee State. Raeanne Geffert got the job done in the circle, picking up the win after pitching five scoreless innings of relief.
Bucknell trailed 4-2 before taking the lead with a four-run bottom of the third inning. Chaylen Andolino had a two-run single in the inning, while Jacklyn Tyburk came through with a clutch pinch-hit double.
The Bison tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Kovac. Geffert then allowed two baserunners in the top of the seventh, but stranded them on first and third to get the win.
Geffert gave up three hits, walked three batters, and struck out two while improving to 3-2 on the season.
In addition to the six combined hits by Kovac and Hadley, Marisa Alemany had two singles, while Anna Gimmestad, Paulina Gutkin, Andolino, Christina Martinez, Tyburk, and Celina Antonellis had one hit apiece.
Game 2 – Bucknell 2, Eastern Kentucky 1
Lara Bean gave up one run in five innings of relief to get the win as Bucknell edged Eastern Kentucky 2-1 in the second game of the day. Lauren Lichtenwalner had started the game and pitched two scoreless innings.
Bucknell had six hits and took advantage of four errors by Eastern Kentucky. The Bison went up 1-0 in the top of the third inning with the help of a defensive miscue. Alemany had a one-out single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. That set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Gimmestad.
The Bison made the Colonels pay for another throwing error in the sixth inning. Gimmestad led off with a single and took two extra bases on an errant throw. She would later score on another throwing error.
Bean allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out two in her five innings of work. Lichtenwalner gave up two hits and walked one in her two innings in the circle.
Carolyn Wan went 2-for-2 to lead the Bison offense. Alemany, Gimmestad, Gutkin, and Andolino had one hit apiece.