LEWISBURG, Pa. – Meghan Kovac became Bucknell’s career and single-season home run leader on the same swing, and the Bison swept a Patriot League softball doubleheader against Holy Cross at Becker Field on Saturday.
Kovac’s record-breaking home run came in a 6-1 win in game one. Bucknell added three more home runs in an 8-0 win in five innings in game two. The Bison improved to 11-18 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders dropped to 7-18 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Bucknell and Holy Cross will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at noon.
Game 1 – Bucknell 6, Holy Cross 1
Bucknell scored all six of its runs in a span of three innings, including a two-run shot by Meghan Kovac in the fifth inning, in a 6-1 win in the first game.
With two outs and the Bison leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Kovac crushed a ball over the left-field fence to give her team some breathing room. It was the 21st home run of her career, breaking the school’s career record previously held by Lauren Litts (2004-07), and her ninth of the season, breaking the program’s single-season record previously held by four players.
While Kovac highlighted a solid offensive outing by the Bison, Raeanne Geffert was doing her part with another dominant pitching performance. She allowed one unearned run while giving up five hits in six innings of work. The sophomore struck out six batters and didn’t issue a walk. Lauren Lichtenwalner pitched one scoreless inning of relief.
The teams battled to a scoreless tie until Bucknell scored the first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Julienne Egofske, making her fourth start of the season, came through with an RBI single to drive in Paulina Gutkin for the go-ahead run. It ended a 10-inning scoreless drought for the Bison.
Another change in the lineup made a difference for the Bison in the sixth inning as Jess Hom, making her third start of the year, drove in a run with a single. Anna Gimmestad added a two-run single in the inning.
The Bison finished with eight hits, led by two apiece from Gimmestad, Egofske, and Hom. Marisa Alemany and Kovac had one hit each.
Game 2 – Bucknell 8, Holy Cross 0 (5 innings)
Gimmestad, Alemany, and Taylor Wolfgang all homered to lead Bucknell to an 8-0, five-inning win in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Bison have hit five home runs in the last four home games. Prior to that, they had hit just four in 34 home games dating back to the start of the 2015 season.
Bucknell’s three homers all went over the right-center field fence and came in consecutive innings. Anna Gimmestad started the fun with a two-run shot in the third inning, Alemany hit a three-run blast in the fourth inning, and Wolfgang ended the game with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Egofske and Hom each started for a second straight game and again came through at the bottom of the order as each had a single. Alemany added a single to her home run, while Hadley and Ryanne Rokos contributed one single apiece.
Geffert started again and pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out five. Lauren Lichtenwalner picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. She allowed one hit and struck out two batters.