TOWSON, Md. – Raeanne Geffert gave up just two hits in a complete-game performance, and Taylor Wolfgang hit her first career home run to lead Bucknell softball to a 6-3 win over St. John’s on Saturday. The win completed a 2-0 day at the Towson Invite for the Bison, who evened their record at 6-6.
St. John’s, the defending Big East regular season champion, dropped to 3-11. Three of the losses came to nationally-ranked opponents.
Bucknell had a rocky start, giving up two runs thanks to four errors in the top of the first inning, but the damage could have been worse if not for Geffert’s ability to pitch out of a jam. What should have been a 1-2-3 inning became nearly disastrous after three straight errors following the first out. Geffert worked out of trouble with the help of a pair of strikeouts, including one to end the inning with the bases loaded.
What the Bison lacked in defense, they more than made up for in the bottom of the second. They scored four runs, three of which came home on a triple by Paulina Gutkin. The senior drove in both baserunners and then scored on an obstruction call at the plate following an overthrow at third.
Two innings later, Wolfgang led off the fourth with a shot to center field to put Bucknell up 5-2. The Bison tacked on one more run after Anna Gimmestad doubled and later scored on a double by Lauren Hadley.
Geffert took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Savannah Warren. The Red Storm managed to get one run in the frame, but Geffert tallied three strikeouts to prevent a comeback. She finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Bucknell scored its six runs on six hits, four of which went for extra bases. Wolfgang went 2-for-2, while Lauren Lichtenwalner chipped in with a single.
The Bison will wrap up play at the Towson Invite with two games on Sunday. They will have a rematch with St. John’s at 12:30 p.m., and will play the host Tigers at 3 p.m.