LEWISBURG, Pa. – Patriot League champion Bucknell hosted Ivy League champion Columbia in a doubleheader Friday at Depew Field and each team came away with a victory. The Bison claimed game one 2-1 behind solid pitching from Andrew Andreychik and an eighth-inning go-ahead single by Jon Mayer. The Lions earned a split of the twinbill by winning game two by a 3-1 margin as Kevin Roy carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, making an early 3-0 lead stand.
Bucknell’s (30-18-1) game-one victory helped the Bison reach 30 wins for the fourth time in program history. They are now just one victory shy of equaling the program single-season record.
Columbia (28-18), which left a total of 20 runners on base in the two games, had won 19 of 21 games entering play Friday.
The Lions scored three of their four runs in the two games in the first inning, while all three of the Bison’s runs came in the sixth inning or later.
Pitching for the first time in nearly a month, Andreychik gave up a double and an RBI single to the first two hitters he faced, but quickly settled down. He ended up pitching 6.0 innings and allowed six hits and one run while striking out four.
Bucknell had just two baserunners over the first five innings against Columbia starter David Speer, but got on the board with an unearned run in the sixth. With runners on first and second and one out, Joe Ogren hit a grounder to short. Aaron Silbar threw to second to get one out, but the ensuing throw to first to potentially complete the double play was wild, allowing Brett Smith to advance home from third and Ogren to move to second.
The Bison went on top in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a nice two-out rally that featured two walks sandwiched around an Anthony Gingerelli single to load the bases. Jon Mayer laced a single up the middle and Smith easily scored. Gingerelli tried to score from second, but was thrown out on a close play at the plate, ending the inning and keeping the score at 2-1.
Mike Castellani (3-0) who came on in relief of Andreychik in the seventh was going to try to close the victory out, but No. 9 hitter Shane Adams reached on a one-out bunt single down the third base line. Xavier Hammond was called out of the bullpen and a caught stealing and ground out to second followed as he posted his fourth save of the campaign.
Gingerelli, Ogren, Mayer and Wasikowski posted hits for Bucknell in game one, while Smith scored both runs, giving him a team-high 43 on the year.
Columbia again took the early lead in game two with a pair of runs in the top of the first against Bison starter Dan Weigel (7-5). A Gus Craig solo home run in the third made it 3-0.
Bucknell did not post its first hit against Roy (6-4) until Krentzman singled in the fifth, and its lone run came on a two-out RBI single by Ogren in the eighth. For the second straight game the Bison posted four hits with Krentzman leading the way with two. Ogren and Danny Rafferty also contributed singles.
Roy, who struck out seven, pitched the first six innings for the Lions before giving way to reliever Adam Cline, who yielded three hits and one run over the final three innings to earn his third save of the year.
Weigel, who is No. 3 on Bucknell’s single-season innings pitched list with 88.2, logged 5.0 innings and allowed six hits, three runs and three walks while striking out three. Relievers Tom Hrabchak, (2.0 IP), Tommy Gambon (1.0 IP) and Tucker Rekucki (1.0 IP) combined to allow just two hits and two walks over the final four scoreless innings of play.
Bucknell and Columbia, who have both earned automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament, will wrap up their three-game series Saturday at noon at Depew Field.