CARY, N.C. – Despite a four-run ninth inning rally, the Bucknell baseball team lost a 10-8 decision in the rubber match of a three-game set against Marist. Danny Rafferty and Keifer Rawlings recorded two RBIs each in the contest.
The Bison (1-2) split their doubleheader with the Red Foxes (2-1) on Saturday, falling in the first game 5-0 before rebounding for a 7-3 victory.
Bucknell scored three of its runs in the opening inning when Brett Smith led off with a double, Luke Johnson walked and Rafferty was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Following a strikeout, Michael Korchak reached base on a fielder’s choice, scoring Smith. Tyler Wincig loaded the bases again with a walk, which was followed up by a Rawlings two-run single.
Marist cut into the Bison lead in the second inning off a two-out double from Andrew Rouse.
Jeff Gottesman was impressive in his 2017 debut, cruising through five innings with one earned run. He was replaced by Jeff Grabeck in the sixth inning, while Nate Grisius appeared in the seventh and Matt Shobe for a batter in the ninth.
Bucknell added another run in the seventh inning. Chuckie Scales drew a leadoff walk, before stealing second and third base during the next two at bats. Luke Johnson then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Scales and made it 4-1 Bison.
The Red Foxes answered in the bottom of the inning with seven runs to regain the lead. Marist tacked on two more scores in the eighth inning off a two-run home run from Frankie Gregoire.
Bucknell began its ninth inning rally with a leadoff single from Evan Klugerman. JohnPaul Bell came in to pinch for Scales, recording his first hit as a Bison, while Smith singled on the next at bat to load the bases. Johnson reached base on an error, which advanced Klugerman home. Rafferty plated two more runs off a double, scoring Bell and Smith, while leaving runners on second and third. Following a strikeout, Miles Moore pinch hit and grounded out to third base, scoring Johnson. Bucknell’s next two batters struck out, ending the ninth inning comeback.
The Bison return to action Feb. 24-26 with a three game series at VMI.