COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Bucknell baseball team returned to Carolina Stadium for the first time since the 2010 NCAA Regionals on Saturday and dropped a pair of games to No. 7 South Carolina on the opening day of the 2014 season. The Bison lost game one 17-4 and fell in game two by a 12-2 margin.
Offensive highlights for Bucknell (0-2) included Joe Ogren going 3-for-4 with one run scored in the nightcap, Corey Furman posting a pair of two-hit games and freshman center fielder Brett Smith going 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot in his first career contest. Furman and fellow outfielder Anthony Gingerelli each hit a solo home run during the twinbill.
Senior Tom Hrabchak had the best outing on the mound for the Bison as he pitched two innings of no-hit relief in game one of the doubleheader. He struck out four and walked just one while facing eight batters.
South Carolina (2-0) scored its 17 runs in game one on just 10 hits as five Bucknell pitchers combined to walk 13 hitters. Bryson Hough (0-1) got the start on the mound for the Bison. The Gamecocks scored two runs in the first, six in the third and sixth, and three more runs in the seventh. DC Arendas was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for South Carolina (2-0).
Furman’s home run leading off the third inning of game two followed a few batters later by a Jon Mayer RBI double brought the Bison to within 4-2 in the nightcap, but South Carolina plated two runs in the fifth, two in the seventh and four more in the eighth en route to the victory. The Bison totaled eight hits in the contest, but just two came after the third inning.
Dan Weigel (0-1) started game two for Bucknell. He logged 4.0 innings before being removed three hitters into the fifth frame. Tucker Rekucki and freshman Mike Castellani were used out of the bullpen.
Tanner English was 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs to lead South Carolina in game two.
A total of 19 different Bison received at bats on Saturday, while eight different pitchers were used as second-year head coach Scott Heather worked a number of substitutions into both games.
Bucknell and South Carolina will wrap up their three-game opening-weekend series Sunday with a single game at 12:30 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.