BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Bucknell softball registered its first win of the season and the first victory under head coach Joey Lye as it opened the season with a split in a doubleheader at Campbell on Thursday.
The Bison (1-1) won the first game 7-3 behind a complete-game pitching performance from sophomore Raeanne Geffert, but dropped the second game 3-1 despite the team’s first home run of the season by senior Meghan Kovac.
The doubleheader was the start of five games for Bucknell at the Campbell Invitational. The Bison continue play with a game against Morehead State on Friday at 9 a.m.
Game 1 – Bucknell 7, Campbell 3
Geffert went all seven innings and struck out six batters while leading the Bison to a 7-3 win in game one. She gave up six hits, including a pair of home runs that accounted for all three runs, and didn’t walk a batter.
Geffert had the Campbell lineup off balance throughout the game. In addition to the six strikeouts she forced seven infield popups. Dating back to last season, Geffert has gone 15 consecutive innings without issuing a walk.
Trailing 1-0 after two innings, tied it up with a run in the top of the third. Freshman Taylor Wolfgang led off with a double down the right-field line. Pinch-runner Ryanne Rokos scored the tying run on a one-out single by junior Lauren Hadley.
The Bison took their first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Kovac led off with a double and scored when junior Anna Gimmestad followed with another double. Gimmestad scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore Halie Mariano.
Kovac sparked a big four-run sixth inning for Bucknell with another leadoff double. Wolfgang and senior Paulina Gutkin had RBI singles in the inning.
Game 2 – Campbell 3, Bucknell 1
Bucknell struck first with a solo home run by Kovac in the top of the first inning, but Campbell avenged its loss in game one with a 3-1 victory in game two.
Kovac’s home was the 13th of her career, which ranks fifth on Bucknell’s all-time list. Her RBI was the 106th of her career. She needs just two more to break the program record.
The Bison had just three more hits the rest of the game, two singles by Alemany and one by Hadley.
Sophomore Lauren Lichtenwalner pitched well in her first start of the season, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out two.
Bucknell held its 1-0 lead until Campbell broke through for two runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth.