By Lindsay Regruto
The softball team suffered a tough weekend, going 0-4 in its second Patriot League series on the road at Colgate.
The Bison took a close loss in the last game of the series on Sunday falling 5-4 to the Raiders. The Orange and Blue came out ready to play sending all three Raiders back to the dugout in order in the first. Colgate answered by taking a 2-0 lead by the fourth. The Bison rallied in the fourth with Jessie Snyder ’11 putting the first run on the board for the team. Alison Ford ’11 and Elyse Colmenero ’11 each doubled to bring in a run, putting the Bison in the lead 3-2. By the seventh inning, the Raiders had taken a two-run lead over the Orange and Blue. The Bison rallied in the seventh but put only one more run on the board before the last out.
The Orange and Blue suffered another tough loss earlier on Sunday falling 9-0 to the Raiders in their first game of the day. Colgate’s offense came out strong, taking a 6-0 lead over the Bison by the third inning. The team managed to put runners in scoring position in the first three innings but could not bring anyone around. The Bison defense held off the Raiders until the sixth inning, but the offense could not find momentum of their own. Colgate plated three more runs in the sixth that went unanswered by the Orange and Blue for the sweep.
On Saturday the Bison dropped their second game 5-2 to the Raiders. Both teams were slow to start with the game remaining scoreless until the fourth inning. Colgate was the first to put runs on the board, gaining a 3-0 lead over the Bison. Snyder led off the fifth inning with a single and eventually made it around, giving the Orange and Blue their first run of the game. In the sixth inning, Mallory Lyons ’14 led off with a single and was brought home off a single by Kathryn Wilkinson ’13 to close the gap. The Raiders increased their lead with two more runs in the sixth. The Bison could not answer with any more runs of their own to give the Raiders a second win.
Earlier in the day, Colgate broke open the first game early in their 3-2 win over the Bison posting three runs in the first inning. The Bison were quick to answer in the second. Ford led off the inning taking advantage of Colgate’s errors to advance to second. Colmenero drove Ford in with her first home run of the season to make it a one run game. Alex Maclean ’13 held the Raiders back from the mound allowing only one hit in the last five innings. The Orange and Blue offense could not rally giving Colgate their first win of the series.
The team’s games against St. Francis were postponed until Thursday afternoon. The Bison will be on the road again to face Holy Cross tomorrow and Sunday.