KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Bucknell softball team suffered two tough losses while competing at the Rebel Spring Games on Thursday. The Bison couldn’t come through with the big hit in a 2-1 loss to Indiana State in the first game of the day, and were the victims of a late go-ahead home run in a 4-2 loss to Albany in the second game.
The Bison are 13-9 overall and 5-3 during their spring trip. They will wrap up the event with two games against Albany on Friday.
Indiana State 2, Bucknell 1
Bucknell had the game-tying run on third base in two of the final three innings, but couldn’t get the run home. The Sycamores improved to 6-17 with a pair of wins on the day.
Bad luck was partially to blame for the Bison’s inability to score the game-tying run, especially in the sixth inning. They loaded the bases after a double by Anna Gimmestad, walk by Lauren Hadley and a single by Lauren Swindell, but saw the rally cut short by a double play on a lineout to second base.
In the fourth inning, Bucknell’s Amanda Fazio led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third base, but that inning also ended on a lineout.
Fazio, who had two of the team’s eight hits, helped Bucknell take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. She led off with a single and then stole second. She moved to third on a single by Carolyn Wan and scored on an RBI groundout by Gimmestad.
Fazio took the loss in the circle, giving up two runs, one of which was earned. She allowed six hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.
Albany 4, Bucknell 2
With the score tied 1-1 after six innings, Albany’s McKenzie Bump hit a two-out, three -run home run to lift her team to the win. The Great Danes improved to 12-7 with their ninth win in 10 games.
Bucknell didn’t go quietly, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh. Chaylen Andolino led off with a single and scored on a two-out double by Meghan Kovac.
Kovac and Andolino each had two hits. Gimmestad had a double, while Wan and Mariah Midyette added singles.
Dana Nielsen pitched well in a complete-game losing effort, giving up just one run on a home run by Mackenzie Cleary through the first six innings. She struck out four batters and walked one.