LEWISBURG, Pa. – Two of the Patriot League’s best young pitchers staged a pitcher’s duel for a second straight day, but this time it was Courtney Springman and Army West Point getting the best of Raeanne Geffert and Bucknell as the Black Knights turned the tables with a 1-0 win Sunday at Becker Field.
Springman allowed just three hits, walked four, and struck out an impressive 12 batters while leading Army to the series win. The Black Knights improved to 10-16 overall and 2-1 in the conference after taking two of three in the first league series of the season.
Geffert was nearly as dominant, giving up one run on five hits. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine. The performance came just one day after she pitched a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over the Black Knights.
The teams battled to a scoreless tie through six innings before the Black Knights scored the game’s lone run in the top of the seventh. Carrie Reilly led off with a bloop single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kristen McPeek. Ally Snelling drove in pinch-runner Nina Riccoboni with a single up the middle.
Bucknell stranded nine runners through the first five innings. Springman ended three of those innings with strikeouts.
Geffert lowered her ERA to 2.45 while pitching her sixth complete game of the season. She ranks second in the league with 69 strikeouts, trailing only Springman with 85.
Bucknell will be back at Becker Field for a three-game series against Holy Cross, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.