LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell baseball team made its 2017 Depew Field debut Saturday, but was upended by Cornell in a doubleheader. The Big Red claimed the opener 5-2 and won the second game by an 11-4 decision.
The Bison are now 8-11 on the season while Cornell improved to 8-3. The two teams will finish up the weekend with a doubleheader on Sunday. Game one is set for 12 p.m.
Game 1 – Cornell 5, Bucknell 2
The Big Red plated the game’s first run in the second inning, but Bucknell quickly answered with a run from Luke Johnson in the bottom of the inning.
Cornell added one run in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. The Bison cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the sixth off a RBI-double from Rafferty.
The Big Red added insurance in the final inning, scoring two more runs.
Connor Van Hoose started on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings. He scattered eight hits while striking out five and was charged with three earned runs. Jack Schoenberger (0.2 IP) and Nate Grisius (0.2 IP) pitched the final 1.1 innings.
Game 2 – Cornell 11, Bucknell 4
Cornell scored one run in the second inning and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
The Big Red pulled away with six runs in the fifth inning. Cornell added one more in the seventh and another run in the ninth.
Bucknell scored one more run in the seventh inning off a two-out single from Clark.