BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Anna Gimmestad hit her first career home run, and the Bucknell softball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning on its way to a 5-1 win over Boston University in the second game of a Patriot League doubleheader on Saturday. The Bison bounced back with the win after dropping the first game 8-0 in five innings.
The teams will conclude the series with one game at noon on Sunday. The Bison enter at 22-17 overall and 7-4 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers are 13-20 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Game 1 – Boston University 8, Bucknell 0 (5 innings)
Boston University pitcher Melanie Russell held Bucknell to two hits as the Terriers rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings in the first game. It was just the fourth time the Bison have been shutout this season.
Brittany Younan led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run. That set the tone as Boston University went on to score four runs in the inning before adding two more in the second.
Senior Amanda Fazio had both of Bucknell’s hits with a pair of singles.
Game 2 – Bucknell 5, Boston University 1
It took a while for the Bucknell bats to come alive, but it happened just in time as the Bison erased a 1-0 deficit with one run in the sixth inning and four in the seventh. Fazio started and pitched all seven innings, improving to 12-7 on the season.
With Bucknell trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Gimmestad launched an 0-1 pitch over the center field fence for her first career home run, tying the game in the process. She added an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.
Bucknell’s last-inning rally was made an even more impressive by the fact that all four runs were scored with two outs. Ryanne Rokos drove in Mariah Midyette for the go-ahead run with an RBI single. She was followed by Fazio with a two-run triple. Gimmestad tacked on the insurance run with her single.
Fazio scattered eight hits and didn’t walk a batter while allowing one earned run. She struck out an impressive nine batters.
Russell started again for Boston University, She struck out eight batters but took the loss after giving up five runs in 6.2 innings of work.