LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell softball team, seeded second at the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, had four players named to the All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday. Meghan Kovac, Lauren Hadley, and Raeanne Geffert were all voted to the First Team, while Julienne Egofske landed a spot on the Second Team.
Kovac earned All-Patriot League recognition for the third straight season, including two consecutive First Team honors. The senior hit a Bucknell single-season record 13 home runs this season and also became the program’s career home runs leader with 25. She enters the postseason with a .304 batting average, 14 doubles, 42 RBIs, and a 1.045 OPS (.662 slugging, .383 on-base). She had seven multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games, highlighted by a 5-for-5, 6-RBI performance in a win over Mount St. Mary’s in which she tied a school record for hits in a game and doubles (3) in a game.
For her career, Kovac is also the school record holder in doubles (51) and RBIs (147). She ranks third in games played (193), third in hits (203), and 10th in batting average.
Hadley picked up her first All-League nod after putting together an MVP-like season at second base. She ranks in the top 10 in the league in nearly every statistical category, including batting average (.368), slugging (.639), on-base percentage (.424), runs (30), hits (57), RBIs (33), doubles (10), triples (4), home runs (8), and stolen bases (15). Her eight home runs are the second most in a season in Bucknell history.
Hadley was the most consistent offensive player on the team in the regular season, leading the Bison with 14 multi-hit games, including three games with three hits and one game with four. She homered twice in a game against Rutgers.
Geffert made the First Team after being voted to the Second Team last year as a freshman. A strong Pitcher of the Year candidate, the sophomore went 17-10 with a 1.94 ERA in 35 appearances. She struck out 147 batters to just 23 walks in 173.1 innings of work. She has posted the second most wins, second most strikeouts, third most appearances, third most starts, and fourth most innings pitched in a single season in Bucknell history.
Geffert was especially dominant while pitching in 17 of the team’s 18 league games, going 11-4 with a 1.33 ERA. She pitched complete-game shutouts in wins over Army West Point, Lafayette, and Lehigh.
Egofske was one of the most improved players on the team this season, upping her average by well over .100 points from her freshman year. The sophomore hit. 293 during the regular season with one double, 13 RBIs, and eight runs scored. She added five walks and a .348 on-base percentage.
Bucknell (26-21-1) opens the Patriot League Tournament against third-seeded Lehigh on Thursday at Boston University. The host Terriers will play fourth-seeded Army West Point in the other opening-round game.
2018 Softball All-Patriot League and Major Awards
Player of the Year: Alex Heinen, Boston University
Pitcher of the Year: Ali Dubois, Boston University
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittany Younan, Boston University
Rookie of the Year: Ali Dubois, Boston University
Coach of the Year: Ashley Waters, Boston University
1B - Meghan Kovac, Bucknell, Sr.
2B - Lauren Hadley, Bucknell, Jr.
3B - Holly Geranen, Colgate, Sr.
SS - Brittany Younan, Boston University, Sr.
C - Alex Heinen, Boston University, Jr.
DP - Taylor Drayton, Army West Point, Fr.
OF - Emma Wong, Boston University, Sr.
OF - Jackie Brewster, Holy Cross, Jr.
OF - Nicole Yozzo, Lehigh, Sr.
P - Ali Dubois, Boston University, Fr.
P - Courtney Springman, Army West Point, Fr.*
P - Raeanne Geffert, Bucknell, So.*
At-large - Carrie Reilly, Army West Point, Jr.
1B - Kaitlin Sahlinger, Boston University, Sr.
2B - Mary-Hannah Smith, Lehigh, So.
3B - Emily Ballesteros, Army West Point, So.
SS - Brooke Wensel, Lafayette, So.
C - Virginia Irby, Colgate, So.
DP - Julienne Egofske, Bucknell, So.
OF - Kristen McPeek, Army West Point, Sr.
OF - Amelia Trotter, Army West Point, So.
OF - Jilee Schanda, Boston University, Sr.
P - Parker Boyd, Lehigh, So.
At-large - Emily Morrow, Boston University, Jr.
*Due to a tie on first-team, only one pitcher is named to second-team