LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell completed a weekend sweep of Lafayette with a 5-1 win Sunday in Patriot League baseball action at Depew Field. The Bison picked up their third win in two days over the Leopards behind six scoreless innings from starting pitcher Jack Grabek.
The Bison, winners in five of their last seven games, improved to 10-20 overall and evened their record at 7-7 in the Patriot League. The Leopards dropped to 12-19 overall and 2-7 in the conference.
Grabek had an adventurous day on the mound, but got the job done using eight strikeouts to help him work out of multiple jams. He allowed just four hits, but walked six batters and hit three. He didn’t allow a run despite allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in all six innings.
Lafayette stranded 11 runners in the game, including 10 in Grabek’s six innings of work. Strikeouts were the key for the junior. He left runners on first and second with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning, got out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout to end the fourth inning, and stranded runners on the corners with a strikeout to close the sixth.
Grabek also benefited from a solid defensive performance behind him as the Bison didn’t commit an error and turned two double plays.
Meanwhile, Bucknell’s offense took advantage of the walks and defensive miscues offered up by Lafayette. The Bison took the lead with an unearned run in the second inning. JohnPaul Bell led off with a single to left field and then went from first to third when a single by Keifer Rawlings was misplayed by the left fielder. That mistake proved costly as Ben Smith gave the Bison a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout.
Bucknell broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning without hitting the ball out of the infield. The Bison capitalized on six walks and two errors in the inning. Evan Klugerman, Tyler Wincig, and Luke Johnson all had RBI walks, while Chuckie Scales drove in a run with a fielder’s choice groundball.
The Bison finished with five hits, including a triple by Evan Madigan. Bell singled twice, while Johnson and Rawlings each singled once.
Jack Simpson pitched the final three innings for Bucknell to record his first save of the season. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out three and issuing no walks.
Luke Robinson paced Lafayette offensively, going 3-for-5 with two singles and double.
Bucknell returns to action Tuesday when it welcomes Towson for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.