VESTAL, N.Y. – Bucknell pitchers Max Kra, Mike Castellani and Tucker Rekucki limited Binghamton to one run on six hits as the Bison posted a 4-1 road non-league victory Tuesday afternoon at Bearcats Sports Complex. It was the ninth win in the last 10 games for the Bison, who came one out shy of a shutout for the second time in the last three days.
Bucknell improved to 17-12-1 on the year, while Binghamton had its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-14.
Kra (3-0) earned the win for the Bison as he allowed only two hits and no runs over 5.0 innings. Mike Castellani yielded just one hit over the next three innings, striking out two and keeping the potential shutout intact. Rekucki came on in the ninth and allowed a run on three hits to the Bearcats, but still preserved the victory.
Kra is 2-0 with four hits and one run allowed over 11.0 innings in his last two starts at Mount St. Mary’s and Binghamton. Castellani’s relief effort extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 20.0. He has not allowed a run in his last 10 appearances and has yielded just six hits over that span.
Bucknell led the entire game as it scored once in the first, twice in the fifth and added one insurance run in the top of the ninth. The top five hitters in the Bison lineup each posted at least one hit, while Rob Krentzman and Greg Wasikowski both registered two-hit days. Four of Bucknell’s nine hits were doubles by Krentzman, Wasikowski, Joe Ogren and Anthony Gingerelli.
All four of the Bison runs came with two outs. Gingerelli’s two-out double in the first drove home Corey Furman, while Krentzman drove home two runs on a two-out single in the fifth. A sac fly to center by Ogren in the top of the ninth plated one run after the Bison had loaded the bases with none out.
Furman (eight games), Gingerelli (seven) and Wasikowski (six) each extended his hitting streak. Brett Smith has hit in five games in a row.
Binghamton used two pitchers in the game with starter Casey Wenzel logging 4.1 innings and reliever Nicholas Liegi pitching the final 4.2 innings. Wenzel (0-2) was charged with his second loss of the year as he was charged with two runs on three hits. The Bison touched Liegi for two runs and six hits.
With just one run allowed Tuesday, Bucknell has limited the opposition to a total of 16 runs over its last 10 games. The Bison have a sparkling 1.32 ERA and .171 batting average against over that span.
First-place Bucknell will return to Patriot League action this weekend when it travels to West Point, N.Y., for a four-game series with second-place Army. Doubleheaders will be played both Saturday and Sunday.