LEWISBURG, Pa. – In a battle of two first-place teams in the Patriot League, Army West Point swept a doubleheader against Bucknell Saturday at Depew Field. The Black Knights won the opening game 7-4 in extra innings and won the nightcap by a 10-1 score.
Bucknell and Army West Point entered Saturday with 3-1 records in league play. The Bison are now 12-16 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League, while Army improves to 14-16 overall and are atop the league standings at 5-1.
The Bison will wrap up the four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday. Game one is set for noon. Sunday’s contests will have a live audio broadcast available via BucknellBison.com and will also air on WVBU 90.5 FM.
Game 1: Army 7, Bucknell 4 (8 innings)
The Black Knights got on the board first in the opening inning with a run scored by Jacob Hurtubise.
Bucknell countered with a run in the sixth inning to send the game to extra innings, thanks to a two-out double to right center from JohnPaul Bell. The freshman finished with a team-best three hits.
Army scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning. Bucknell scored three times in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to complete the comeback.
The Bison missed on opportunities throughout the game to score, leaving 15 runners on base.
Connor Van Hoose (3-4) had a solid outing on the mound for the Bison. The right-handed pitcher went 7.0 innings, allowing two hits while striking out nine batters and was charged with two earned runs.
Cam Opp (3-1) earned the win on the mound for the Black Knights, while Jeremy Mortensen was credited with the save.
Game 2: Army 10, Bucknell 1
After picking up the save in game one, Mortensen returned to the mound for game two. He pitched six innings, surrendering one hit and one earned run while striking out six.
The Black Knights scored two runs in the second inning, one run in the fourth inning, four runs in the sixth inning, two runs in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth inning. Army generated 12 hits in the contest.