LEWISBURG, Pa. – Dominic Toso turned in another three-hit game and Tyler Wincig added a pair of knocks, but not much else went right for Bucknell on Tuesday, and the Bison dropped a non-league affair to Towson, 10-3, at Depew Field.
The Tigers scored their 10 runs on just seven hits, as the visitors took advantage of 15 bases on balls. Towson moved up five runners on stolen bases and five more on wild pitches. The difference in the game was a six-run second inning, coming just after the Bison had taken a 1-0 lead on Toso’s RBI triple off the right-field wall.
Towson scored those six runs with the benefit of only two base hits, one of which was a two-run single by Mark Grunberg, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs on the day.
Trailing 8-1 in the sixth, Bucknell plated a run on a bases-loaded walk to Luke Hartman. The Bison still had the bases loaded with nobody out, but Matt Watters came out of the Towson bullpen and induced a 1-2-3 double play, followed by a strikeout, to escape further damage.
The Bison scored their final run in the eighth, when Toso led off with a walk – his fourth time reaching base in as many plate appearances – and he later came around to score on an RBI single by Ben Smith.
Bucknell substituted liberally in the late innings and used a total of 24 players in the game, nine of them pitchers. Reserve catcher Marc Chernin collected a pinch-hit single for his first base hit of the season. Bright spots on the mound were Wincig and Hunter Robichaux, who each spun a scoreless inning late in the contest.
With his two hits and a walk in four plate appearances, Wincig upped his Patriot League-leading on-base percentage to .496. Toso recorded his third three-hit game of the season and second in a span of three days. He also went 3-for-3 on Saturday against Lafayette.
The Bison return to Patriot League play this weekend with a three-game series at Holy Cross. Bucknell is in fourth place with a 7-7 league record, while Holy Cross is one spot ahead at 6-4.