BOSTON – Bucknell softball saw its season come to a close with a pair of losses in the Patriot League Tournament at the BU Softball Field on Friday. One day after beating Lehigh in the opening round, the Bison lost to Boston University 6-4 and Lehigh 3-0 as they finished the season at 27-23-1 overall.
Boston University (38-18) will host Lehigh (24-25-1) in the championship round on Saturday. The Terriers need just one win to take the tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Mountain Hawks must win twice.
Boston University 6, Bucknell 4 | Winner’s Bracket Final
A seventh-inning rally by Bucknell came up short in a 6-4 loss to top-seeded Boston University as the teams opened the second day of competition with the winner’s bracket final game.
Both teams had potential game-changing home runs prior to the seventh inning. Bucknell trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning before Lauren Hadley hit a game-tying two-run home run over the left-center field fence. Meghan Kovac scored on the blast after legging out an infield single. The home run was Hadley’s ninth of the season, which would be the program’s single-season record if not for the 13 home runs Kovac has this year.
Boston University didn’t waste any time responding to Hadley’s homer, taking a 5-2 lead with a three-run shot by Madi Killebrew with two outs in the top of the fifth. She pulled a pitch to left field for her fourth home run of the season.
Killebrew did more damage in the seventh inning, giving the Terriers a 6-2 lead with an RBI double. It was her third hit and fifth RBI of the game.
But Bucknell didn’t go down easy. Halie Mariano led off the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit single, and Marisa Alemany followed with a walk. Two batters later, Kovac cut into the deficit with an RBI double off the fence in left-center field.
Lauren Hadley, representing the game-tying run, knocked in Bucknell’s fourth-run with a one-out RBI single. That put the tying run on first, but Boston ended the threat with a double play on an infield popup.
Both teams finished with 10 hits in the game. Kovac went 3-for-4, Hadley was 2-for-4, and Wolfgang had one of the team’s three extra-base hits with a double. Adding singles were Anna Gimmestad, Taraba Baglivo, and Ryanne Rokos.
Lehigh 3, Bucknell 0 | Consolation Final
Lehigh scored the game’s only three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on its way to a 3-0 win over Bucknell in the final game of the day. The Mountain Hawks avenged a loss earlier in the tournament, which was the Bison’s third straight victory in the series.
The Mountain Hawks scored their three runs on back-to-back two-out hits. Katie Schultz drove in two runs with a single, and Mary-Hannah Smith followed with an RBI triple before getting thrown out at home while attempting to score following an overthrow at third base.
Bucknell finished with three hits. Gimmestad, Hadley, and Rokos all singled.
Parker Boyd pitched a complete-game shutout for Lehigh. She walked one batter and struck out nine.
Raeanne Geffert started and went five innings for the Bison, giving up three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three. Senior Taylor Langtry closed her Bucknell career with a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one.
It was also the final game for the careers of Kovac, Celina Antonellis, Paulina Gutkin, and Maddie Minneci. Kovac will leave Bucknell as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (25), RBIs (148), and doubles (52). She ranks second in hits (206), third in games played (196), and 10th in average (.336).