Lehigh Shuts Out Bucknell Twice To Claim Weekend Series
04/29/2021 | 4 p.m.
LEWISBURG, PA. – After two outstanding pitching performances by junior Gabriella Nori and newcomer Katelyn Young, the Lehigh softball team celebrated a double header on Bucknell Sunday at Becker Field and took a 3-1 win in the home and home series on the weekend.
Nori fired a five-hit with two third inning runs, which made the difference in a 2-0 win in the first game, while Young threw a three-hit for her first career shutout when the Mountain Hawks hit a fifth inning with seven runs to a ridden 10-0 victory.
Senior Payton Alsobrooks had five hits to lead the offensive, including a 4v4 game in the second game. Sophomore Emily Cimino was 3-7 in the double header with two doubles and three runs.
Lehigh improves to 10-14 overall while Bucknell is now 11-12. Both teams play 8-8 in the Patriot League.
The shutouts were the second and third seasons for the Mountain Hawks. Nori and Young teamed up on April 9th to rule out Holy Cross.
On Sunday, Nori scattered five hits while walking two and scoring two to improve to 5-5 for the season.
The only insult in game one was the tip of the third, when Alsobrooks led right to center with a double, advanced to third with a victim, and hit left with a cimino singles. Two batters later, newcomer Brooke Cannon beat Cimino to give the Mountain Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Nori took care of the rest, working out traffic jams on the sixth and seventh to keep the win.
Game two was a pitcher duel between Young and Bucknells Kaiya Burton through four innings. Alsobrooks was the catalyst again and led to the right with a triple. Cimino doubled Alsobrook’s home game with the first run of the game and then scored a double from Junior Jaelynn Chesson.
Lehigh added three more runs on a wild field, a mistake and a blatant sacrifice to move up 5-0 before Junior Addie Kittel and Alsobrooks’ consecutive RBI doubles completed the seven-run blast.
Alsobrooks’ fourth goal in game two brought newcomer Amanda Greaney home in the seventh, and Cimino scored two goals with a brace.
Young allowed only three hits in the best performance of her career to date. She allowed Chase Knapp a single in the first inning, a double for Jazmyn Stokes in the second, and a single for Sarah Baluch in the fourth. She hit four and didn’t take a hit as she improved to 5-7 in the season.
Chesson went 3v5 with two more doubles in the second game, giving her 13 doubles that season.
Lehigh will host Lafayette in a single game on Thursday at 4 p.m. before being eliminated from the league game to host Princeton in a double header on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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