WILIMINGTON, N.C. – Senior Cindy Cherness pitched a five-inning no-hitter to highlight a 2-0 day for the Bucknell softball team at the Seahawk Softball Classic on Sunday. The Bison finished 4-1 at the event with an 8-0 win over North Carolina Central and a 5-0 win over UNCW on the final day.
Bucknell has won four straight games to improve to 6-4 on the season. The past three wins have come by shutout, including a complete-game performance by senior Dana Nielsen in the win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Over the past four games, the Bison have tallied 50 hits, an average of 12.5 per game. Sophomore Meghan Kovac added five more hits on Sunday. She is batting .676 and has opened the season with a 10-game hitting streak.
Senior Amanda Fazio also continued her impressive start to the season with five more hits. She is batting .462 with two doubles, two triples and five stolen bases.
“Our pitching came through for us again today,” said Bucknell head coach Courtnay Foster. “Congrats to Cherness on her first career no-hitter. Freshman Anna Gimmestad is playing really good softball right now. It’s great to see production from so many spots in our lineup.”
The Bison will return to the field for four games at the Blue Hen Blast on March 5-6. They will play two games against the host Delaware team and one against both Norfolk State and Delaware State.
Bucknell 8, North Carolina Central 0, 5 innings
Cherness was one walk away from pitching a perfect game, but still had the no-hitter while striking out six batters. She improved to 1-0 on the season and dropped her ERA to 1.68 in her three appearances.
Bucknell was held scoreless in the first inning, but tallied runs in each of the next four. Fazio led the offensive attack with three hits, including two doubles. Gimmestad also had two doubles, while Kovac added a double and a single.
In all, seven players had hits for the Bison. Shannon Murphy, Jacee Almond and Chaylen Andolino had one single apiece. Kovac drove in two runs, while Murphy, Gimmestad and Andolino each knocked in one.
Bucknell 5, UNCW 0
It was Nielsen’s turn to deliver a shutout performance for Bucknell, giving the Bison shutouts in three straight games with three different starters. Nielsen gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out one. She improved to 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in five appearances.
Just one day after piling up 17 hits in a win over UNCW, Bucknell had 13 in another victory over the Seahawks. Kovac led the way with three, including a double, while Fazio, Gimmestad and Andolino each had a pair of singles.
The Bison led 2-0 with one run in the first and third innings before pulling away with three in the fifth inning. Adding singles in the game were Carolyn Wan, Almond, Christina Martinez and Ryanne Rokos.