KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Jeff Gottesman pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Luke Johnson collected four of Bucknell’s 14 hits in an 11-1 rout of Villanova on Sunday at Osceola County Stadium. Miles Moore belted a three-run homer to get the offense going in the first inning, and the Bison gained a split of the two-game series with the Wildcats.
It was a stellar performance in all phases for Bucknell. Gottesman (1-0) yielded only a leadoff single in the top of the second and a solo homer to Ryan Toohers to start the seventh. Gottesman struck out five and walked just two in his seven innings of work. Mike Stephens finished up, striking out four while conceding a pair of singles over the final two innings.
Gottesman’s lone real trouble came in the fourth, when an error and two walks loaded the bases with one out. But he got Timothy Lilly to hit a ground ball to third, and Keifer Rawlings turned it into a 5-3 double play to end the threat.
Meanwhile, the Bucknell offense produced season highs in both runs and hits. Johnson’s four hits matched Villanova’s output all by himself, giving him five multi-hit games on the season. Dominic Toso, JohnPaul Bell, Tyler Wincig and the red-hot Evan Madigan picked up two hits apiece. Madigan is nine for his last 14 and is hitting .406 on the season.
The Bison wasted little time getting on the board against Villanova starter Jimmy Kingsbury (0-2). After singles by Toso and Bell, Moore crushed a two-out, three-run blast to left, his second home run of the season. Moore is 7-for-21 on the season and has eight RBIs on those seven hits, which include two homers and two doubles.
Bucknell made it 3-0 in the third inning. Bell doubled and stole third, and Wincig singled him home. The Bison then blew it open with back-to-back three-run frames in the fourth and fifth.
A two-run fielding error and a sacrifice fly by Bell accounted for the three runs in the fourth. Toso drilled a two-run triple and scored on a single by Johnson in the fifth.
The Bison countered the Toohers home run with a single tally in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson led off with a triple to center field and came home on Bell’s ground out.
Now 3-8 against a tough non-conference schedule, Bucknell will play its next three games against Massachusetts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Kissimmee. The Minutemen defeated Central Connecticut 4-2 on Sunday and are 2-3 on the season.