Bucknell Baseball Drops Season Opener at Richmond, 10-4
Feb. 15, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - Rob Krentzman had a career-high three doubles, scored a run and knocked in another and Carter Bumgardner had a pair of RBIs, but the Bucknell baseball team dropped its season opener at Richmond Friday afternoon by a 10-4 score. The Bison held the Spiders scoreless through four innings, but Richmond plated at least one run in each of its final four at bats.
Lefty Dan Weigel earned the opening-day start for Bucknell (0-1) and scattered five hits over the first four frames. However, he was charged with all five runs allowed in Richmond's five-run fifth inning.
The Bison got on the board with a two-out run in the top of the first. Robb Scott started the rally with a walk and later scored on a Bumgardner single. Bucknell, though, was retired 1-2-3 in three of the next four innings by Richmond starter Jonathan de Marte as the Spiders went on top 5-1.
de Marte, a redshirt freshman, struck out eight in his 5.0+ innings of work as he earned his first career win. James Lively and Dylan Stoops pitched the final four innings and were charged with just a pair of unearned runs.
Krentzman's leadoff double in the sixth knocked de Marte from the game. Two batters later Travis Clark, who was 2-for-4 on the day, knocked home Krentzman with a single. He moved around the bases on a passed ball, a wild pitch and a Bumgardner sac fly.
A two-out RBI double by Krentzman in the seventh completed Bucknell's scoring and brought the Bison to within 6-4, but Richmond scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and bottom of the eighth.
Richmond posted 15 hits against the four Bison pitchers. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit, led by leadoff hitter Matt Zink's 4-for-5 day. Aaron Newman led off the fifth inning with a home run, while Tanner Stanley connected on a two-run shot in the ninth.
Friday's game marked the first as Bison head coach for Scott Heather, who spent the previous eight years as an assistant under veteran Gene Depew. Heather's initial 10-person lineup (including pitcher) was a veteran one, consisting of five seniors, four juniors and a sophomore.
Bucknell and Richmond will continue their three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. The final contest of the weekend is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.