Bucknell Softball Shut Out at Mason Invitational
March 12, 2011
FAIRFAX, Va. - Bucknell softball couldn't get anyone across the plate and fell 3-0 to Cornell and 1-0 to Binghamton on the second day of the Mason Invitational at the George Mason Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Bison are 0-3 in the tournament with two games remaining.
Bucknell (1-11) ran into a tough pitching foe in the first game of the day. Cornell's Elizabeth Dalrymple struck out 12 in the contest, including eight in the first three innings.
Alison Ford (Suisun City, Calif./Fairfield) broke up the no hitter with a hard double to straight away centerfield in the bottom of the fourth. The senior's shot rolled to the wall with two outs on the board, but the Bison couldn't bring the run home.
By that point, Bucknell already trailed by two. The Big Red scored in the third after a triple from Marissa Amiraian. Their second run of the day came in the fourth as Kristen Towne homered to left field to lead off the inning. The Bison got out of the fourth frame with some help from Alex MacLean's (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area) fifth strikeout of the day. The final out came on a strong throw from Meredith Dickson (Fogelsville, Pa./Southern Lehigh), who caught Sam Creamer trying to steal second.
Cornell tagged on its third and final run with some small ball. Ali Tomlinson led off the inning with a single and rounded the bases on a pair of groundouts. She scored on an RBI single from Jenny Edwards.
Dalyrmple earned the complete game shutout, giving up two hits to go along with her dozen strikeouts. She did not walk a batter in 7.0 innings.
MacLean finished with seven strikeouts. She was credited with all three runs on five hits.
Bucknell's offensive woes continued in the second game of the day. Jessie Snyder (Tacoma, Wash./Stadium) drew a lead-off walk against Binghamton but was unable to get any farther than third base. The senior drew another walk in the third inning before being stranded again.
After not being able to get on base in the first two games of the tournament, Snyder went 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks.
Snyder was the Bison's only base runner until the fourth inning, when Lauren Fry (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) singled up the middle for her second hit of the day. Fry also singled to the outfield against Cornell. Against the Bearcats, Fry advanced to third as Ford singled to left field and Elyse Colmenero (Fresno, Calif./Central) reached on a fielder's choice. A lineout and a strikeout ended the inning without a run.
Things picked up the fifth as the Bison twice loaded the bases. The first time came with no outs, but Dickson grounded into a double play. Fry loaded them up again with a walk. Binghamton sent in Kate Price to get the final out and the moved paid off as the new sophomore pitcher got Ford to strike out swinging.
While the offense was struggling, Bridget Gates (Milford, Conn./Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall) was doing her best to keep the Bearcats at bay. The Bison pitcher did not allow an earned run and gave up just two hits after the third inning when Binghamton scored. She finished with five strikeouts, which came entirely in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Bearcats' run came after Meghan Tucker reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the third. An RBI single from Jessica Phillips brought her home.
Gates (0-4) gave up five hits in 7.0 innings of work. She walked just two batters.
Demi Laney earned the win after going 4.2 innings. The starter struck out four and walked five batters. Price took the save with no runs on one hit in the final 2.1 innings of the game.
Bucknell will wrap up the Mason Invitational on Sunday. Action starts with a matchup with Cornell at 9 a.m., followed by a game with George Mason at 1:30 p.m.