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Baseball splits doubleheader at Bucknell
Bearcats drop opener 3-1, capture nightcap 5-4 with run in seventh
March 26, 2013Tweet
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LEWISBURG, Pa.—Sophomore outfielder Zach Blanden delivered an RBI single to snap a 4-4 seventh-inning tie and give visiting Binghamton baseball (12-8) a 5-4 win over Bucknell and a doubleheader split Tuesday afternoon at Depew Field. The host Bison (5-17) captured the opener 3-1.
After Bucknell tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the sixth, BU pushed across the game-winning run in the team’s final at-bat - the fourth time in the last seven games the Bearcats have done so.
In the seventh, junior catcher Scott Musin led off with a single and was pinch-run for by freshman Mike Bunal. Freshman infielder David Schanz dropped down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Bunal to second. Blanden, who went 2-for-4, then singled to center field for his 10th RBI of the spring.
Freshman reliever Jake Cryts pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to earn his first collegiate save.
Sophomore Mike Kaufman (1-2) got credit for the win but junior Jed Lemen did the legwork with 5.0 innings of one-hit pitching. Lemen allowed a run in the third inning after hitting back-to-back Bison batters but took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. After a leadoff walk and double in the sixth, Lemen gave way to Kaufman and Bucknell wound up tying the game with three runs on three hits.
Senior infielder Bijan Mangouri had staked BU to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the third inning - his first collegiate blast. Blanden hit a two-out single and Mangouri followed with a round-tripper over the left field fence.
Bucknell cut its deficit in half in the third inning - without the benefit of a hit. Two hit batters, a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly made it 2-1.
The Bearcats pushed their lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the fourth. Junior designated hitter Daniel Nevares hit a one-out double and after senior first baseman Jordon Smucker walked. junior right fielder Shaun McGraw singled through the left side to score Nevares. With two outs, Schanz then stroked an RBI single to center, scoring Smucker with BU’s fourth run.
In the opener, BU was held to two hits and hit into three double plays that hampered its offense. In perhaps a sign of things to come, BU put runners on first and second with no outs in the first inning but a fielder’s choice and double play grounder ended the threat.
Bucknell plated three runs in the bottom of the second inning for all its scoring. The Bison strung together four consecutive hits – three that didn’t leave the infield – and scored the third run on a groundout.
Binghamton got one run back in the fifth inning but again was limited by a double play. Smucker led off with a triple and freshman second baseman Reed Gamache followed with a walk, setting BU up for a potential big inning. But Gamache was erased on the double-play ball. Smucker scored on a fielding error by the Bucknell first baseman and BU got a second baserunner when Blanden worked a walk. But with runners on first and second, a grounder to third ended the inning.
The Bearcats put a lead runner on again in the sixth inning when sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas walked for the 19th time this spring. But another double-play groundout wiped out the threat. Binghamton went down in order in the seventh to close out the game.
Sophomore Mike Urbanski didn’t allow a hit in three scoreless middle innings. Urbanski struck out two and classmate Anthony Grillini followed with a perfect sixth inning. Sophomore Greg Ostner (0-1) took the loss after starting and going two innings.
Bucknell outhit BU 4-2.
The Bearcats play a three-game conference series at Hartford this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s doubleheader begins at noon in West Hartford.