LEWISBURG, Pa. – Seniors Corey Furman (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) and Justin Meier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) have been named Bucknell baseball team captains, second-year head coach Scott Heather recently announced. Furman, an outfielder, and Meier, a catcher, were voted into the captain role by their teammates.
“Both of these guys learned from the quality leaders that came before them,” Heather said. “Corey leads by example each day and does a nice job of setting the tone offensively for us with his ability to get on base. He plays hard every play and his daily work ethic has helped him become a top player in the Patriot League.
“Justin has benefitted from playing summer ball in quality leagues and becoming our full-time catcher last year. He works hard each day and his confidence and comfort level are rubbing off on teammates, and that is an important quality to have in your catcher.”
A First Team All-Patriot League selection as a designated hitter a year ago, Furman is coming off a season in which he led the Bison in hitting (.291) and posted a squad-best 15 multi-hit outings. In his first year as a primary starter, he also posted one home run, 21 RBIs, 52 hits and six doubles while scoring a team-high 31 runs. Furman was the team’s primary starter in center field much of the first half of the season, but finished the campaign as the starter at designated hitter.
A left-handed hitter, Furman ranks third on Bucknell’s single-season list for being hit by a pitch (17). He hit .338 in Patriot League play a year ago and .382 against right-handed pitchers.
Like Furman, Meier had a productive first season as a regular member of the starting lineup. He started 37 of the team’s 49 games, including 21 of 22 against Patriot League opponents. At the plate, Meier totaled 10 RBIs and six doubles and was fifth on the squad with seven multi-hit outings. Behind the plate, Meier did not commit an error over his final 21 appearances and threw out 17 potential base stealers.
Meier, an accounting major, was one of five Bison named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team last spring and he is also a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Furman, Meier and the rest of the Bison are just under two months from the beginning of the 2014 season. Bucknell opens the campaign with a three-game series at recent two-time national champion South Carolina Feb. 14-16. The first home series of the season for the Bison is slated for March 1-2 against Niagara.