Shutout in Nightcap Helps Bucknell Baseball to Doubleheader Split with St. Bonaventure
April 24, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Six Bison pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in a game two that was highlighted by an unassisted triple play by freshman shortstop Greg Wasikowski as the Bucknell baseball team earned a split of a doubleheader with St. Bonaventure Tuesday afternoon at Depew Field. The Bison claimed game two by a 5-0 score after dropping game one 6-5 as the Bonnies scored the winning run in the top half of the seventh inning.
Jack McLinden (2-1), Taylor Runge, Damon Frezza, Matt Lamore, Jordan Holtz and Russell Seidell combined on the shutout in game two. St. Bonaventure's only hits were a triple by Ryan Skellie in the second off McLinden and a single by Jason Radwan leading off the fourth against Frezza. It was the second shutout by the Bison this year as Ryan Ebner pitched one against Lehigh just over a week ago.
The Bucknell (20-25) pitchers faced just one over the minimum number of hitters through five innings thanks to a double play in the third and Wasikowski's unassisted triple play in the fourth. The first two hitters in the fourth got on against Frezza, who was replaced by Lamore with a 2-0 count on cleanup hitter Billy Urban. With the runners in motion, Lamore got Urban to line to Wasikowski at short and he proceeded to step on second base for the second out and tag Radwan to complete the triple play and end the inning.
Wasikowski, who was making his first start of the year, also drove in a pair of runs on ground outs.
The bottom third of the Bison lineup was productive in game two as No. 7 hitter Matt Busch was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, eighth-place hitter Justin Meier was 2-for-2 with one run scored and an RBI, and ninth-place hitter Wasikowski had his first two career RBIs.
Bucknell scored two runs in the second on a Meier double and a Wasikowski ground out. Two more runs came across in the fourth on a Wasikowski ground out and a Carter Bumgardner single up the middle.
A pinch hit RBI single up the middle by Colby Vanderbeck in the sixth rounded out the scoring for the Bison, who snapped a six-game losing streak.
St. Bonaventure (17-16) did not use a designated hitter in game two as Nick Brennen (1-2) got the start on the mound and gave up four hits and two runs in 2.0 innings. Position changes were aplenty as starting third baseman Billy Urban and starting second baseman Radwan also logged two innings apiece on the mound.
The Bonnies did load the bases in the sixth inning, but were unable to push across a run against Holtz and Seidell, who earned his second save of the year by pitching the final 1.1 innings and retiring four of the five hitters he faced.
St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second in game one, but Bucknell chipped away at the advantage with one run in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth to tie the score at 5-5.
The score remained tied entering the seventh inning. Radwan reached on leadoff walk against freshman Tucker Rekucki, who had retired six of the seven hitters he had faced to that point. Marcus Garone then came in. Radwan advanced to second on a stolen base and then scored what proved to be the winning run on an Urban single to left.
David Duffett was 3-for-4 in game one with two singles and a ground-rule double that hopped over the fence in right field. Corey Furman (2-for-3, 1 RBI) and Bob Donato (2-for-4, 1 RBI) also posted multi-hit outings for the Bison, who totaled 11 hits in the contest to match the Bonnies.
A two-out single by Duffett in the bottom of the seventh gave Bucknell a chance to possibly tie the score with an extra-base hit, but Cael Johnson struck out Rob Krentzman to end the contest. Johnson pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five to earn his second win of the year.
Rekucki, who was making just his second appearance of the season, was solid in relief, but suffered the loss for the Bison.
Four of Bucknell's 10 pitchers who saw time on the mound Tuesday were freshmen.
Both contests in Tuesday's doubleheader were seven innings. The doubleheader split helped Bucknell wrap up its home schedule with an 11-9 record. Additionally, the Bison
The Bison will wrap up their regular season with a four-game series at Lafayette. Bucknell needs to win two games against the Leopards to clinch a Patriot League Tournament berth for a fifth consecutive season.
Note: Freshman P Bryson Hough was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Hough pitched 7.1 innings, gave up seven hits and walked none while striking out a season-high six in a 2-1 loss to Army. Both runs were unearned. His ERA fell to 3.16 on the year and 2.39 over his last five starts.