Bucknell Pounds Army 7-0 in First Game, Falls 9-2 in Second Contest
April 17, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Matt Curry pitched a gem of a game to earn his third win of the season on Sunday, giving up four hits and zero runs in seven innings in Bucknell's 7-0 victory over Army in game one of the Patriot League doubleheader at Depew Field. Chris Brannan, Jason Buursma and Ryan Gryskevicz all slammed homeruns in the contest, but Bucknell failed to sweep the doubleheader, falling to the Black Knights 9-2 in game two.
Curry (3-4) was nearly flawless on the mound, allowing only two hits through the first six innings of game one. After giving up a single hit in each of the first and second innings, Curry retired 15-consecutive batters before the Black Knights managed a pair of hits in the top of the seventh.
The Black Knights looked to threaten early as Kyle Scogin led off the game with a quick single down the right field line. Bison catcher Phil Bunting quickly sent Scogin back to the dugout, throwing a strike to second to catch Scogin stealing. The Bison defense came up huge in the win, playing seven innings of errorless baseball.
Buursma put the Bison on top early, slamming a solo homerun over the left field fence in the bottom of the second. The Bison broke the game open in the fifth as Brad Duvall led off with a single to center. Evan Weiss laid down a sacrifice bunt to move his teammate into scoring position. Kyle Walter became the second baserunner of the inning, advancing on a walk. Both Duvall and Walter would score as Brannan launched a three-run blast down the right field line, widening the Bison lead to 5-0.
Gryskevicz put another run on the board in the top of the sixth, leading off the inning with a solo-blast to left center. Duvall then sped to third on an error by Army right fielder Cole White. Matt Capece reach base with a walk and stole second in a double-steal attempt that plated Duvall to make the score 7-0.
Gryskevicz led the Bison at the plate in game one with a 2-for-3 showing. Weiss, Capece, Brian Day, Brannan, Buursma and Duvall each added a hit apiece in the win. Curry improved his ERA to 3.71, in his third complete game of the season. Army's Justin Kashner took the loss to drop to 5-2 on the year.
The Bison had a rough start to game two, as the Black Knights shelled Bison hurler Marc Cussatt for two runs and three hits in the first inning alone. The Bucknell defense would help Cussatt out of a jam in the first inning, but Army continued to pound the ball in the second, scoring two more runs, including a solo homer by Cole White.
Freshman Matt Wilson pitched well in relief, holding the Black Knights scoreless until the sixth inning when White belted his second homerun of the day to knock in two more Army runs. The Bison were forced to use six different pitchers in an attempt to control the Black Knight bats. Army pounded 12 hits on the game.
Trailing 6-0, the Bison would mount a minor rally in the eight inning, putting two runs on the board to avoid the shutout. Walter and Day got the comeback started with back-to-back singles and both would come around to score on a double off the bat of Brannan.
Army scored three more runs in the ninth to put the Bison away for the day and take the series three games to one. The Black Knights, who are currently the top team in the PL, improved to 21-10 on the year, 9-3 in the PL. Bucknell fell to 8-22 on the season, 4-8 in league play.
Cussatt took the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year while Army's Dan Cappello upped his record to 2-2. Capello held the Bison scoreless through six innings, giving up only four base hits.
The Bison will head to Philadelphia early this week to take on the Temple Owls in a non-league matchup. The game is slated for Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m.