WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Leadoff hitter Brett Smith and No. 2 hitter Corey Furman each had three hits and the Bison pitching staff posted its fifth eight-strikeout performance of the young season, but Yale came back from an early one-run deficit with six runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 13-5 victory Monday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium. It was just the second loss for Bucknell in its last seven games as it fell to 1-1 on its seven-game trip to Florida.
Yale (2-3) scored runs in four of its last five at bats, plating six runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the eighth. The Bulldogs tallied 16 hits against five Bucknell (5-6) pitchers.
“Yale was able to put some pressure on our defense and we did not handle it well,” noted Bison head coach Scott Heather. “They swung the bats well and executed to put a couple big innings up there. We will look to bounce back tomorrow against Central Michigan.”
Furman, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Week earlier in the day thanks to Sunday’s walk-off home run vs. Illinois State, extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 3-for-5 performance. He drove in his team-best 12th run of the year in the top of the first when he followed a Smith single with a double to right. Furman is now hitting 19-for-39 (.487) on the season.
Smith added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings. He is now 8-for-18 (.444) with six runs scored over his last four games.
Anthony Gingerelli, who had two hits on the day, added an RBI triple in the seventh, while Alex O’Neill produced Bucknell’s final run on a sac fly in the eighth that brought the Bison to within 9-5.
Bryson Hough (1-2) started on the mound for Bucknell and suffered the loss, logging 4.2 innings. He yielded 11 hits, eight runs and struck out three. Hough did not walk a hitter and has issued just two walks over his last three outings (17.2 IP).
Three freshmen – Tommy Gambon, Jack Schoenberger and Austin Marcus – pitched the middle innings for Bucknell. Schoenberger had the most impressive outing, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four in 1.2 innings. Max Kra finished the eighth inning in place of Marcus, rounding out the list of Bison hurlers in the game.
Six different Yale hitters posted multi-hit outings with Nate Adams and Jacob Hunter both recording three hits and a pair of RBIs. The Bulldogs were aided by four Bucknell errors that led to five unearned runs.
Yale starter Chasen Ford (1-0) earned the win. He was touched for eight hits and four runs in 6.1 innings. He departed with the Bulldogs holding a 9-4 edge on the scoreboard.
Bucknell will continue is Florida trip Tuesday with a 10 a.m. game against Central Michigan at Chain of Lakes Stadium.