LAKELAND, Fla. – Joe Ogren was 3-for-4 with three extra base hits, two RBIs and two runs scored to key a Bison offense that scored three runs in each of the first two innings of game one of a doubleheader split against Bowling Green Friday at Henley Field. Bucknell captured the seven-inning game one 7-3 thanks to an early 6-0 lead and 5.1 innings of shutout relief by freshman Mike Castellani. The Falcons won the eight-inning game two 7-0 behind a no-hit performance by pitchers Brett Fitzwater and Chris Miller.
Brett Smith was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Carter Austin also had a pair of hits in game one for the Bison, who outhit Bowling Green 9-3 with six hits coming over the first two innings. Bucknell also benefitted from four hit by pitches.
Smith led off the game with a single and later scored on an Ogren double. A ground out by Sam Clark plated Spencer Stokes, who had gotten hit by a pitch, while Ogren put the Bison up 3-0 when he ran home on a wild pitch.
A leadoff walk by Gingerelli got the three-run rally in the second inning started. Smith drove him home with a one-out single. Ogren followed with an RBI triple and he later scored on an error by the second baseman to make it 6-0 before Bowling Green (6-11) could even manage a baserunner.
The Falcons did cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second with three runs as they knocked Bucknell starter Max Kra from the game. Castellani retired the first hitter he faced to end the frame and then allowed just one hit over the final five innings to improve to 2-0 on the year. He allowed just one baserunner to advance as far as third base.
Bucknell (6-8-1) again benefitted by getting the leadoff hitter on in the fifth as Asutin led off with a single and later scored on a sac fly by Anthony Gingerelli.
Cody Apthorpe (1-4) was charged with the loss for Bowling Green. He yielded six runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings. Tony Landi pitched the final 3.2 innings and allowed two hits and one run.
The Falcons scored four runs in the second inning of game two and single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh and that was all they would need as Fitzwater and Miller combined on the no-hitter.
Despite not registering a hit, the Bison were able to get a number of runners on base as they drew three walks and two hit by pitches. Additionally, Smtih reached on a third strike wild pitch.
Fitzwater (1-1) pitched the first 5.0 innings and struck out six and walked three. Miller earned the save by logging the final three innings and striking out two.
Dan Weigel (0-3) pitched 6.0 innings for Bucknell and struck out five. He allowed 10 hits and six runs. Tom Hrabchak relieved him to start the seventh and yielded one hit, two walks and one run. His ERA is still a solid 0.93 through 9.2 innings this season.
The Bison will wrap up their weeklong trip to Florida Saturday at 11 a.m. against Northwestern. The contest will take place at Chain of Lakes Stadium.