Lehigh Shuts Out Bucknell Twice To Claim Weekend Series

Next game:

Lafayette

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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