LEXINGTON, Va. – Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jeff Gottesman carried a shutout into the seventh inning while the Bison offense posted a season-high 10 hits in a 4-0 win in the final contest of a three-game series at VMI at Gray-Minor Stadium.
Gottesman was impressive on the mound, as he pitched a career-high seven innings, striking out eight and yielding just two hits. The sophomore did not allow a hit through 5.1 innings of play. Jeff Grabeck (1.1) and Danny Rafferty (0.2) came in for relief to close out the game.
Gottesman (1-0) was coming off a strong five-inning outing last week in North Carolina in a start against Marist, allowing just one run. He now has a 0.75 ERA this season in two appearances (12.0 IP) on the hill.
Bucknell’s (2-4) first four hitters in the lineup combined to go 7-19, generating two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Bison got on the board in the second inning, capitalizing on a leadoff double from Sam Clark. Luke Johnson reached base on a throwing error from the pitcher, advancing Clark to third. Following a strikeout, Evan Klugerman grounded out to the pitcher, but was able to score Clark.
Bucknell added insurance in the fifth inning, plating three on four hits. Klugerman led off with a single, followed by a double down the left field line from Jared Drizin. Following a ground out, JohnPaul Bell singled into center field to score Klugerman. Next at bat, Drizin scored on a wild pitch, while Bell advanced to second. Brett Smith scored Bell with a single up the middle.
VMI (3-5) starter Brandon Barbery (0-2) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up seven hits while being charged with three earned runs. Seven relievers pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing three hits while striking out four.
Bucknell will travel down to North Carolina for three games at Davidson. The Bison will play the host Wildcats March 3, followed by Butler on March 4 and Hartford on March 5.