Six-Run Fifth Inning Propels Bucknell Baseball to First Win of Year, 7-4 Over Harvard
March 3, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A two-run home run by Corey Furman capped a six-run fifth inning and helped the Bucknell baseball team to a comeback 7-4 victory over Harvard Sunday at Davenport Field. The Bison trailed 4-0 and scored the game's final seven runs to earn their first victory of the young season.
Bucknell (1-9) took the field again later in the afternoon and dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 19 Virginia.
The story of the day for the Bison was the game-one victory, the initial one in the career first-year head coach Scott Heather. Harvard (1-3), which defeated Bucknell in extra innings on Friday, scored two runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. The Bison scored an unearned run in the fourth and then batted around in the sixth.
Bucknell starter Dan Goldstein (1-2) logged a season-high seven innings and allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out six. He walked a season-low three hitters and did not face more than four hitters in an inning over his final five innings pitched. Freshman Max Kra earned his first career save by pitching the final two innings. He retired the Crimson in order in the eighth and then benefitted from a game-ending double play in the ninth to clinch the win.
Six of Bucknell's 12 hits came in the sixth inning when it took the lead for good. A leadoff double by Travis Clark got things started. He scored on a Rob Krentzman single. Robb Scott followed with an RBI double that knocked Harvard starter Sean Poppen (0-1) from the game. A two-out infield single by Jon Mayer moved Scott to third. Mayer then stole second and both he and Scott scored on a go-ahead single by Joe Ogren. Furman then followed with two insurance runs on his first career home run.
Bucknell entered the game with just eight extra-base hits all season. The Bison posted five against Harvard as Clark and Scott had two doubles apiece and Furman the second home run by a Bucknell player this year.
Scott finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Clark and Mayer had two hits apiece. The Bison went down 1-2-3 in just one inning.
Harvard's Brandon Kregel was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Crimson, who finished with 11 hits.
Bucknell tried to keep the momentum from the win in the nightcap against nationally ranked Virginia, plating a run in the top of the first on a Krentzman double. However, the Cavaliers scored four runs in the second and three in the fifth en route to their second eight-run victory over the Bison in as many days.
Bucknell used six pitchers, with five of them being freshmen or sophomores, against Virginia. Sophomore Xavier Hammond, who started and logged 2.2 innings, suffered the loss.
Krentzman and Matt Busch each had a pair of hits against the Cavaliers, who improved to 12-0.
The Bison will be idle for a week until opening their seven-game Spring Break trip to Florida next Sunday against North Dakota State.