LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Brett Smith became Bucknell’s all-time hits leader Sunday while Bucknell baseball dropped both games of a doubleheader at Holy Cross at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The Crusaders won the opening game 11-2 and the nightcap by a 14-6 decision.
Smith registered two hits on Sunday, passing Ben Allen ’10 (222) for the most hits in school history. The senior captain now has 223 career hits.
Danny Rafferty and Sam Clark finished with two hits apiece, while Luke Johnson recorded a team-high four RBIs.
The Bison fall to 18-23 overall and 9-7 in league play, remaining in great position to clinch a playoff berth, while Holy Cross moved closer to locking up a home series in the Patriot League Tournament, improving to 18-21 and 11-5 in league action.
Bucknell wraps up its non-conference schedule with a midweek contest Tuesday (Apr. 25) at Towson. The Bison will conclude the regular season with a four-game series at defending league champion Navy. Saturday’s doubleheader will air on CBS Sports Network, while Sunday’s contests will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
Game 1: Holy Cross 11, Bucknell 2
The Bison got the board in the first inning. Rafferty drew a walk on his first at bat and advanced to third on a double from Clark, later scoring on a fielding error. Rafferty scored Bucknell’s second run of the afternoon in the third inning off a RBI fielder’s choice from Keifer Rawlings.
The Crusaders’ bats came alive in the fourth inning after being held without a hit through 3.1 innings. Holy Cross plated seven runs in the frame on six hits, while tacking on four more runs in the sixth inning.
Jeff Gottesman (3-3) got off to a good start on the hill before getting roughed up in the fourth inning. He was credited with the loss after being charged with six earned runs.
Game 2: Holy Cross 14, Bucknell 6
Smith, who made his 191st career start in game two, passing Joe Ogren ’16 for the most starts in school history, became Bucknell’s all-time hits leader in his first at bat on an infield single.
The Bison scored three runs in the second inning. JohnPaul Bell scored Rawlings on a double to right center and later rounded the bases on a wild pitch. Alex Baumann scored Evan Madigan for the third run of the frame. Bucknell scored three more runs in the eighth inning, fueled by a three-run homer from Johnson, his second of the weekend and third of the season.
Holy Cross plated two runs in the second inning, scored five runs in both the third and fourth innings, while adding two more runs in the eighth inning to pick up the sweep.