SACRAMENTO — Raeanne Geffert (3.0 ip) and Lauren Lichtenwalner (4.0 ip) combined to throw a four-hit shutout and lead Bucknell to a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
In a game that was added to the schedule earlier this week, the two teams combined for just one run and 11 hits. Bucknell had seven of those hits, and the Hornets had four.
With the loss, Sacramento State, which began a 10-game homestead today, dropped to 11-11 overall and 6-3 at Shea Stadium. The Hornets will now turn their attention to the Capital Classic, a three-day tournament that begins tomorrow at Shea Stadium. Sacramento State begins the tournament Friday with games against Fairleigh Dickinson at noon and Marist at 2:30 p.m. For more information and the tournament schedule, please click here.
Bucknell improved to 8-13 with the victory.
Sacramento State has now been shut out in back-to-back games after going the first 20 games of the season with at least one run in every game. Today, the Hornets mustered four hits (all singles) and advanced just one runner past first base. That was the in the third inning when Sacramento State put runners at the corners with two outs, but a ground out ended the inning. That amounted to the only real offensive threat the Hornets had in the game as they left four runners on base over seven innings.
Meanwhile, Bucknell wasn't getting much going against Sacramento State starter Jensen Main and reliever Savanna Corr. In fact, the only Bison run scored was unearned in the fourth and came after a Hornet error allowed leadoff hitter Lauren Hadley to reach base. Hadley would later score in the inning.
Geffert started for Bucknell and allowed three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Lichtenwalner (3-4) got the win in relief, allowing just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts over four innings. She retired the final 10 batters of the game in succession.
For Sacramento State, Main (0-5) got the loss despite allowing just four hits and one unearned run over three-plus innings. Corr worked the final four innings, yielding just three hits and no runs with three strikeouts.
Sacramento State's hits came from Nene Alas, Sydney Rasmussen, Katie Vretzos and Krystal Aubert.
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