PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Bucknell baseball team opened up its spring break trip Saturday with a 7-1 victory over Iowa at North Charlotte Regional Park. With the win, the Bison pick up their first victory over a Big Ten program since 2014.
Bucknell (5-5) generated 13 hits in the win. Eight different Bison recorded a hit, including Keifer Rawlings, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Wincig recorded three hits, posting two RBIs and scoring one run.
Danny Rafferty got the start on the mound for the first time this season, allowing just four hits and one earned run in 3.2 innings. Jack Simpson (2.1 IP), who entered Saturday with an ERA of 1.00, was solid in relief, limiting the Hawkeyes to one hit. Jack Grabek (1.1 IP), Mike Stephens (1.1 IP) and Jack Schoenberger (0.1 IP) pitched the final three innings, scattering four hits. Simpson was credited with the victory.
The Bison got on the board first in the second inning, thanks to a RBI single from Rawlings to score Clark.
Iowa (7-6), who reached the Big Ten Championship game a season ago, countered with its only run of the afternoon in the third inning.
Bucknell plated four in the seventh inning on three hits. Rawlings drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Evan Klugerman drew a walk on his at bat while Rawlings made it to third on a passed ball. On the next at bat, Wincig doubled to left field, scoring the go-ahead run. Scales scored Klugerman and Wincig on his plate appearance, and then made it around the bases on a RBI single from Smith.
The Bison scored two more runs in the eighth inning. Luke Johnson opened the inning with a walk and scored on a triple from Rawlings. Klugerman drew a walk and stole second before scoring on a single from Wincig.
Cole McDonald (2-2) got the start for Iowa, pitching 6.1 innings. The righty gave up eight hits and was charged with five earned runs. Four relievers came in for the final 2.2 innings.
Bucknell returns to action Sunday (Mar. 12) with a contest against Northeastern. Game time is set for 10 a.m.