EASTON, Pa. – Andrew Andreychik carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and earned his fifth win of the season as the Bison baseball team held off a late Lafayette rally to win game one of Sunday’s doubleheader at Kamine Stadium by a 5-4 margin. The Leopards avoided a sweep of the doubleheader and four-game weekend series with a 7-3 victory in game two.
With Sunday’s outcomes across the league, Bucknell (22-16-1, 12-4 PL) clinched a top-two seed in next month’s Patriot League postseason tournament and will host a best-of-three semifinal series May 10-11 at Depew Field. The Bison have won three of their four Patriot League series this year and their 12 conference victories are their most since 2009.
Andreychik improved to a team-best 5-3 on the year with another strong performance on the mound. He struck out a career high-tying eight and did not allow a hit until Andrew Landolfi singled with one out in the fifth after Bucknell had already built a 4-0 cushion. Lafayette (11-22, 4-10 PL) got one run in the sixth against Andreychik, but the sophomore righty took the mound in the seventh looking for his fifth complete game of the year. After retiring the first hitter, the Leopards recorded three straight singles and a walk, forcing Bison head coach Scott Heather to turn to the bullpen.
Closer Tucker Rekucki came in and two more runs crossed the plate to make it 5-4, but he was able to get a strikeout and a fly out to right with the bases loaded to clinch the close win for Bucknell. It was Rekucki’s sixth save of the season.
Sam Clark was 4-for-4 and Anthony Gingerelli hit a two-run home run in the third inning to pace the Bison offense in the game one victory. Clark had three singles and a double and drove in his 13th run of the year, while Gingerelli’s homer was his team-high fourth of the season.
Bucknell extended its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Smith led off with a single and later scored on Clark’s double. Rob Krentzman plated Ogren on a ground out to short.
The Bison added what proved to be a much-needed insurance run in the top of the seventh when Justin Meier drew a bases-loaded walk.
Lafayette starter David Bednar (1-3) suffered the loss for the Leopards. He was charged with four runs and allowed six hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Bucknell was going for the sweep of the weekend series in game two, but Lafayette scored runs in five different innings against three Bison pitchers. Just two of the Leopards’ seven runs were earned as Bucknell committed four errors in the contest.
Trevor Houck (1-1) earned the win for Lafayette as he pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just two hits and two runs. Three relievers allowed just one run and one hit over the final 2.1 innings.
The Bison’s only other run came in the eighth inning when Smith scored on a wild pitch, cutting into the 7-2 deficit.
Xavier Hammond (2-4) started on the mound for Bucknell and pitched 3.2 innings. He was touched for five runs (one earned) and six hits. Max Kra (1.1 IP) and Tom Hrabchak (3.0 IP) finished out the game and yielded just two hits and two runs (one earned).
Alex Woinski and Tyler Hudson had three hits apiece for the Leopards in game two.
Bucknell will now play its final six games of the 2014 regular season at Depew Field. The Bison will host St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader Tuesday and will then host Holy Cross in a four-game set next weekend.