By Lindsay Regruto
The softball team split four games in the Mount St. Mary’s Tournament last weekend, falling twice to Cornell and defeating Mount St. Mary’s twice. Elyse Colmenero ’11 started off the tournament on Saturday with a perfect game at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBIs against the Mountaineers to lead her team to victory.
Colmenero was not the only one on fire in the 4-2 defeat of the Mountaineers on Saturday. Lauren Fry ’11 started off the Bison with a double in the first at-bat of the game. Fry was brought in off a double by Colmenero to bring her over 100 runs in her four-year career so far. Fry rounded out the game with a pair of runs going 2-4 at the plate. Jessie Snyder ’11 doubled in the first to give the Orange and Blue their second run. Alex MacLean ’13 held the Mountaineers at bay, having one-two-three innings in the first and second and ending the day with five strike-outs in seven innings. The Mountaineers scored in the third to tie the game. The Orange and Blue fought back scoring in the fifth and seventh to seal the win.
The Bison were met with more difficulty in their second game of the day, falling 6-0 to Cornell. The Orange and Blue started off strong, putting two runners in scoring position in the first, but could not bring anyone around. The Big Red put runs on the board starting in the second and held off the Bison with a strong pitching game. Cornell picked up three more runs an inning later to seal the lead and the win.
The Orange and Blue met Cornell again in the first game on Sunday and fell 4-1. The Big Red was the first to put runs on the board. The Bison offense rallied in the fourth. Alison Ford ’11 doubled to right center and was eventually brought in off a double by Laura Sandford ’13, giving the Bison their first and only run of the game. Cornell’s defense proved strong, and the Bison could not close the gap, ending with their second loss of the tournament.
The Bison shut out Mount St. Mary’s 4-0 to end on a high note in the last game of the tournament. Goose eggs remained on the board, keeping the game tight until the sixth inning. The Bison were the first to break open the game, putting three runs on the board. The Mountaineers managed a hit off the Bison in the sixth but stranded the runner on base. Kasey Segiel ’14 was brought in off a single to center by Snyder to give the Bison their last run of the game. The Mountaineers were held off by a strong pitching performance by Bridget Gates ’13. Gates ended the game giving up only four hits with three strike outs, earning her third win of the season.
Games against Drexel scheduled for March 30 were postponed due to weather. The Orange and Blue will be back on the field April 2 at home to start Patriot League play against Lehigh.