LEWISBURG, Pa. – Raeanne Geffert pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Bucknell softball to a 1-0 win over Army West Point in game one, and the Bison went on to split their first Patriot League doubleheader of the season with a 6-3 loss in game two.
The Bison moved their record to 9-17 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Black Knights ended the day at 9-16 overall and 1-1 in the league. The teams were picked to finish third (Army) and fourth (Bucknell) in the preseason poll.
The series will conclude with game three at noon on Sunday.
Game 1 – Bucknell 1, Army West Point 0
Geffert scattered six hits, walked just one batter, and struck out three while shutting out Army in the first league game of the season for both teams.
Bucknell scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on an infield single by Taylor Wolfgang. Tara Baglivo, who was pinch-running for Meghan Kovac, showed some heads-up baserunning on the play, scoring all the way from second when the shortstop had to go up the middle to make the stop and prevent the ball from going to the outfield.
The one run was all Geffert needed. The junior twice worked out of jams with runners on second and third. She faced that situation with one out in the fourth inning and got out of it with back-to-back groundouts. She then had two runners in scoring position again with two outs in the sixth before ending the threat with a strikeout.
Geffert received some help from catcher Taylor Wolfgang in the seventh inning. Ally Snelling had a one-out single, but Wolfgang threw out the pinch-runner attempting to steal for the second out.
Game 2 – Army West Point 6, Bucknell 3
Bucknell’s bats didn’t come alive until the final inning in a 6-3 loss in the second game of the doubleheader. A late rally had the Bison fans excited, but Army got out of it with the tying run at the plate.
The Bison had just one hit – an infield single by Hadley – through six innings before erupting for three runs in the seventh. Kovac led off the inning with a solo home run, crushing one over the left-center field fence. It was her eighth homer of the season and 20th of her career, tying her with Lauren Litts (2004-07) on Bucknell’s career list.
But Bucknell wasn’t done after Kovac’s blast brought them within five. Ryanne Rokos added a one-out RBI single, and Paulina Gutkin followed with an RBI groundout to make the score 6-3. That brought the top of the order up, and leadoff batter Marisa Alemany loaded the bases with a walk. The Black Knights then clinched the win on a nice play by the second baseman on a ball hit up the middle.
Macey Newbary picked up the win for Army, giving up three runs on three hits and one walk. She struck out four in 6.1 innings of work. Courtney Springman, the team’s starter in game one, came on to get the final two outs.
Bucknell tallied four hits. Lichtenwalner added a single in the seventh inning.