April 20, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After sweeping its Patriot League foes a week ago, Bucknell softball took a blow in the conference standings with a pair of losses to Army at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, 2-0 and 5-4. Cassie Greenhawk totaled two runs and two RBI in the nightcap, but defensive miscues for the Bison in both contests dropped their record to 14-27 overall and 6-8 in the Patriot League.
Greenhawk connected for a two-RBI triple in the third inning of game two. The shot to left field scored Courtney Conover, who had reached on a base hit, and Mary Horton, the beneficiary of an error that gave Bucknell two base runners. Greenhawk eventually scored a run herself as she came home on a two-out single from Erin Cox. That run put Bucknell in front for the second time that game, 4-3.
Kicking off the offense for the Bison was an RBI single from Kristen Zahn in the first. That was also responsible for driving home Greenhawk and giving them the early lead.
The Black Knights (23-19, 7-7 PL) scored three runs in the bottom of the first to erase Bucknell's initial advantage. Alex Reynolds and April Ortenzo combined to drive in all three runs in the frame.
Reynolds' double to right in the first was responsible for scoring two teammates. The infielder later tied the game at 4-4 with a home run. She finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Dana Nielsen finished the fifth inning despite the home run. Cindy Cherness relieved her in the bottom of the sixth and retired the side, but the seventh inning proved a bit more troublesome. A walk and a hit gave Army a pair of base runners, but it was an error from the Bison that allowed the game-winning run to score. Bucknell had two errors in the inning and three in the game.
Nielsen went 5.0 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Cherness (1-2) took the loss in 1.2 innings of work. She did not allow an earned run.
Bucknell committed two fielding errors in the first inning of game one allowing two Black Knights to reach base. Both of them scored to give Army a 2-0 lead that held for the remainder of the contest.
Army totaled just three hits in the opener, but the errors had done their damage. Amanda Fazio was credited with the loss despite not allowing an earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Fazio (8-13) also struck out three and walked two.
Bucknell's offense was slow to get started as it logged one hit in game one. Cydnee Sanders led off the fourth with a bunt single breaking up Morgan Lashley's bid for a no-hitter. Lashley (18-10) finished with three strikeouts and three walks in her complete game as Army won 2-0.
Bucknell has now lost its last seven games with Army. The Bison will look to avoid being on the wrong end of a sweep when the series continues tomorrow at West Point at 12:30 p.m.