EASTON, Pa. – Bryson Hough pitched a three-hit shutout in game one and fellow Bison starter Dan Weigel followed with his second straight complete game victory, propelling the Bucknell baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Kamine Stadium. The Bison won game one 4-0 thanks to four unearned runs in the first two innings, while game two was a 4-1 victory that featured 11 hits by the Bucknell offense, including three by Joe Ogren.
Saturday’s two wins helped Bucknell up its record to 21-15-1, 11-3 PL. The Bison entered the weekend in first place in the Patriot League standings and will maintain at least a 1.5-game lead, pending the outcome of Saturday’s other league contests. Lafayette fell to 10-21, 3-9 PL.
Thanks to just one earned run allowed in 16 innings on Saturday, the Bison team ERA during Patriot League play is now down to 2.04. Hough’s Patriot League ERA is 2.42, while Weigel is at 1.41. That duo is a combined 7-0 in conference play.
Hough set the tone early by recording his third career shutout and sixth career complete game. Lafayette had two hits in the first inning and just one more over the final six frames as Hough improved to 5-3 on the season and helped Bucknell reach 20 wins for the sixth time in the last seven years.
The Bison pitching staff now has five shutouts this season, putting it two shy of the program record of seven set by the 2003 team.
Weigel, who pitched a complete game win last week at Army, matched that performance in Saturday’s game two. He yielded a run in the bottom of the first inning and did not allow two baserunners in the same inning again until the bottom of the ninth. Weigel struck out four, walked just one and yielded six hits as he improved to 3-4 on the campaign. He has allowed just five runs over his last four starts (32.0 IP).
Bucknell benefitted from three Lafayette errors in game one, plating four unearned runs in the first two innings to stake Hough to the early lead. The Bison loaded the bases in the first inning when Brett Smith reached on an error, Ogren walked and Anthony Gingerelli singled. Rob Krentzman came up with the bases loaded and his hit to shortstop was booted, allowing Smith and Ogren to score.
Tommy Pennington led off the second inning with a single and Greg Wasikowski reached on an error when attempting a sac bunt. Both guys later scored on a ground out by Smith and a sac fly by Corey Furman.
The Bison were able to get two runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings, but were unable to push across more runs. Smith, Ogren, Gingerelli, Sam Clark and Pennington accounted for Bucknell’s five hits in the swiftly played game that took just 1 hour, 33 minutes.
Lafayette scored the first run in game two, but the Bison answered with two runs in both the third and seventh innings. Danny Rafferty led off the third with a double and scored on an RBI single by Wasikowski. Wasikowski moved around the bases and scored on a sac fly off the bay of Jon Mayer, who drove in two runs in the contest.
Bucknell scored both its runs in the seventh with two outs. Ogren, who posted his team-best seventh three-hit game of the season, reached on a two-out double and then scored on Mayer’s first career triple. Lafayette’s fifth error of the doubleheader later allowed Mayer to cross home plate.
The Leopards used just four pitchers in the twinbill with all eight runs scoring against starters Connor Ortolf (game one) and Mitch Leeds (game two). Ortolf (2-6) pitched the first six innings of game one and struck out five, walked three and yielded four runs before giving way to Ryan Callahan. Leeds (0-4) departed game two following Mayer’s seventh-inning triple. Cory Spera pitched the final 2.1 innings.
Bucknell’s 11 Patriot League wins are its most since finishing 2009 with a 13-7 conference mark.
The Bison and Leopards will conclude their four-game series Sunday with another doubleheader at Kamine Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Live video of the games will air live on the Patriot League Network.