Feb. 16, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Freshman Susan Knight tossed a three-hit shutout to lift Cleveland State to a 3-0 victory over Bucknell, giving the Bison softball team a split of two games on opening day at the Cleveland State Dome Tournament on Saturday. Earlier in the day Bucknell gave first-year head coach Bonnie Skrenta her first Bison win with a dramatic 8-7, 10-inning victory over St. Bonaventure.
Cleveland State, which already had five games under its belt, grabbed its first victory of the season with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. The Vikings scored an unearned run on a fielders choice in the opening inning, then got an RBI double from Dara Toman in the third and a solo home run from Alyson Broschk leading off the fourth.
Cassie Greenhawk, Cheyanna Young and Courtney Conover delivered hits for the Bison. Freshman Dana Nielsen made her second straight start in the pitching circle and was charged with three runs, two earned, in three innings of work. Fellow newcomer Amanda Fazio, who got the win in relief in the opener against St. Bonaventure, tossed three more scoreless innings against Cleveland State, striking out three.
Knight went the distance for Cleveland State. She walked four but conceded just the three hits and fanned seven. Bucknell had a baserunner in all but one inning but could not scratch across a run.
Bucknell will play twice more in Cleveland on Sunday. The Bison take on Canisius at 10 a.m., then will face Cleveland State again at 2 p.m.