LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell baseball’s Dan Weigel (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) was named the Bison Athlete of the Week Monday, two days after pitching his first career shutout in a 5-0 Patriot League win over Holy Cross. It is the first time Weigel, a senior lefty, has earned the award in his career.
Weigel pitched game two of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Crusaders and he helped Bucknell (25-17-1, 15-5 PL) to a 3-1 series win as the Bison clinched the Patriot League regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming league tournament. Army, which plays Lehigh Monday evening, could still tie Bucknell for the top spot in the standings, but the Bison hold all tiebreakers.
Weigel scattered eight hits over the first four innings of Saturday’s nine-inning shutout, but settled down and allowed just two hits and four baserunners over the final five innings. He struck out three and walked two as he improved to 5-4 on the year.
A three-year member of the Bucknell starting rotation, Weigel is 5-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five Patriot League starts this spring. He has allowed just 33 hits and struck out 18 in 41.0 innings against conference opponents.
Overall, Weigel ranks first among Bison starting pitchers with a 2.65 ERA and his 71.1 innings pitched are most on the squad. He has struck out 36 and walked just 18.
Weigel’s career ERA of 3.83 ranks 10th on Bucknell’s career list, while his 2.08 walks per nine innings places him second in program history in that category.
Saturday’s shutout was the sixth of the season by Bison pitchers, just one shy of the program record of seven by the 2003 squad. It was also the 12th complete game this year, including three by Weigel.
This marks the third time a baseball player has been named Bison Athlete of the Week this season. Fellow pitcher Andrew Andreychik won the award in back-to-back weeks in late March.
Weigel and his teammates will take some time off from games for final exams. Bucknell will be back in action May 10-11 when it hosts Navy in a best-of-three semifinal series at Depew Field.