EASTON, Pa. – Raeanne Geffert pitched a three-hit shutout, and Taylor Wolfgang homered for the second straight game to lead Bucknell to a 2-0 win over Lafayette in a Patriot League softball game Friday night at the Lafayette Softball Field.
The Bison, winners of six straight games, upped their record to 15-18 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards dropped to 4-26 overall and 1-6 in the conference. The teams will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday.
Geffert, who didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, cruised through the first four innings by retiring the first 12 Lafayette batters in order. She didn’t face any trouble until giving up back-to-back hits – a double and single – in the fifth inning. She escaped that jam with some help from Wolfgang, who threw out the runner at first attempting to steal, and a popup.
Lafayette had the game-tying run on first in the seventh inning after a Bucknell error and a single with two outs. Geffert clinched the Bison’s 10th straight win over the Leopards with a flyout.
Bucknell manufactured a run in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. With one out, Maddie Minneci was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a bunt single by Tara Baglivo. Minneci advanced to third on a single by Marisa Alemany before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Anna Gimmestad.
Wolfgang gave the Bison a 2-0 lead with her solo blast to left-center field with one out in the fourth inning. It was the freshman’s fourth home run of the season, which ranks third in the Patriot League.
The Bison, led by Meghan Kovac with nine and Lauren Hadley with five, have hit 26 home runs this season. That is the second most in program history, just two behind the record of 28 set by the 2009 team.
Bucknell finished with seven hits, sparked by a 3-for-3 day by Baglivo. Alemany singled twice, and Kovac singled once.
Geffert now ranks second in the Patriot League in wins with a record of 10-7 and in ERA at 2.00. The sophomore has been especially dominant against conference opponents, going 5-1 with a 0.40 ERA, 33 strikeouts and just three walks.