UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Colin Hughes went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, including the game-winning run in the 10th inning, to propel Penn State to a 4-3 win over Bucknell Tuesday night at Medlar Field. The Bison move to 8-9 overall following the mid-week contest.
Bucknell finished with eight hits in the game. Keifer Rawlings went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Wincig recorded a RBI, while Chuckie Scales extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Mike Castellani was solid in his start for the Bison, pitching five innings, allowing two hits while striking out five. Jack Simpson (1.1 IP), Matt Shobe (0.1 IP), Jack Grabek (0.1 IP) and Mike Stephens (2.0 IP) pitched in relief. Stephens was credited with the loss.
Penn State (7-11) scored first in the fourth inning, fueled by a triple from Hughes, who later scored on a ground out by Braxton Giavedoni.
The Bison quickly answered with two runs in the fifth, capitalizing on a leadoff single from Luke Johnson. Rawlings doubled to right center, placing runners on second and third base. Evan Klugerman grounded out to second, scoring Johnson while advancing Rawlings to third, who scored on a triple from Wincig.
The Nittany Lions plated two in the seventh inning to take the lead, scored by Giavedoni and Nick Riotto.
Bucknell tied the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth. Rawlings began the inning with a double and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Klugerman doubled to left field on the following at bat to score Rawlings.
In the bottom of the 10th, Hughes opened the inning with a single. The next batter was hit by a pitch, advancing Hughes to second. Hughes would score the go-ahead run on a throwing error.
Bucknell threatened in multiple innings, leaving at least one man on in seven frames, including two in both the sixth and eighth innings.
The Bison were slated to play its home opener Wednesday afternoon at Depew Field against Saint Joseph’s, but the projected weather forecast has forced the game to be postponed. Bucknell is now scheduled to make their 2017 Depew Field debut Saturday, March 25, against Cornell as part of a four-game series.