BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Bucknell’s Raeanne Geffert went toe-to-toe in a pitchers’ duel with Morehead State’s Chelsea McManaway, but the Bison came up just short in a 1-0, eight-inning loss to the Eagles in a non-conference softball game Friday at the Campbell Invitational.
Neither Geffert nor McManaway allowed an earned run in the game. The Eagles scored the lone run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single after the International Tiebreaker Rule – runner starts the inning on second base – was put into effect.
Geffert was solid for a second consecutive day and was aided by a great defensive effort from the Bison. She pitched to contact, giving up five hits with no walks and no strikeouts. She has gone 22.2 consecutive innings without issuing a walk.
But Bucknell ran into a great pitcher in McManaway. The senior, who set a school record with 244 strikeouts last season, struck out 13 Bison batters to get the win and the shutout. She also set a school record with 12 shutouts last season. McManaway is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 22 innings of work this year.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bucknell threatened to tie the game, but stranded runners on first and third.
The Bison dropped to 1-2 on the season, while the Eagles improved to 4-1.
Weather has forced some changes to the remaining schedule at the Campbell Invitational. Bucknell will conclude play at the event Saturday with a 9 a.m. game against Northern Kentucky and an 11:30 a.m. game against Morehead State.