March 13, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - After going .500 through the first half of its Spring Break trip, Bucknell softball struggled against a strong McNeese State, falling 9-2 and 8-0 in 5 innings at Cowgirls Diamond on Wednesday evening. The Bison are now 5-12 on the year while the Cowgirls improve to 20-7. Bucknell will continue play on Friday at Prairie View A&M.
Bucknell found itself in a pinch from the get-go. McNeese State scored at least one run in every inning of game one. The Cowgirls did much of their damage with small ball as eight of their 11 hits in the opener were singles. They did connect for two home runs, however, a two-run shot in the third inning and another in the fourth.
The Bison did not wait long to get on the board, scoring in the top of the first frame. Mary Horton tripled to lead off the game and scored on a wild pitch. The Cowgirls' Jamie Allred then struck out the side and did not face another base runner until the fifth inning. Bucknell plated its final run of the day in the sixth, again thanks in part to Horton. The senior reached on an error then scored on an RBI single from Mariah Midyette.
Horton finished the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Midyette's run batted in was her sixth of the year, which leads Bucknell this spring.
Bucknell committed two fielding errors in game one and three more in the nightcap. Those miscues later in the day came at some inopportune times, particularly in the second inning when McNeese State put up five runs. The Cowgirls took a 5-0 lead after the first two innings, but they did so having tallied only two hits.
After the outburst in the second, McNeese State was relatively quiet for another inning. The home team then scored the final three runs in the fourth on three straight hits, including a single from Lauren Langner and a two-RBI triple off the bat of Alanna DiVittorio. In the second game of the day, Langner hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Bucknell registered two hits in the contest, a double from Cydnee Sanders in the top of the first and a single from Midyette in the fifth. Midyette was the only Bison to record a hit in each contest as she went 1-for-3 in game one and 1-for-2 in the finale.
Dana Nielsen and Amanda Fazio were the pitchers of record for Bucknell. Nielsen (1-6) gave up six earned runs on seven hits in game one. The freshman also struck out three in her 4.0 inning appearance. Fazio (4-5) allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings in the nightcap.
Allred and Meagan Bond earned wins for McNeese State. It was the sixth of the season for each Cowgirl as they combined to allow one earned run and 15 strikeouts.