April 8, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell scored in six straight innings and five different players posted multi-hit games, led by a 3-for-3 performance by freshman Rob Krentzman, as the Bison concluded a four-game weekend series at Depew Field with a 10-3 win over Navy Sunday afternoon. The victory helped Bucknell to a split of both the doubleheader and series as the Mids captured game one by a 3-2 margin, scoring what proved to be the winning run in the sixth on a fielding error. The teams split both contests Saturday with each squad winning by a 3-2 score.
Starting pitching for both teams was strong all weekend as Bucknell's 10 runs in Sunday's game two marked the only time either team plated more than three runs in a game. In fact, the eight starters in the series combined to pitch 49.2 of a possible 68.0 innings and had a combined ERA of 2.57. Seven of the eight starters logged at least 6.0 innings, with only Navy's Stephen Moore (2.1 IP) falling short of that threshold Sunday.
Senior Bob Donato continued his season-long hot hitting as he was 3-for-8 with an RBI in each game. He now has 101 RBIs in his career, making him just the 10th player in program history to hit the century mark.
Bucknell (16-17, 3-5 Patriot League) scored at least one run in each inning from the second through the seventh in game two as Navy (14-18, 2-6 PL) used six pitchers in the contest. The fifth inning proved to be the big frame for the Bison, who posted 14 hits. Bucknell sent nine hitters to the plate and the big blow was a bases-loaded, pinch-hit, three-run triple by Scott Reed. The Mids brought on lefty Anthony Parenti to face Mark Figgie with two outs and the bases loaded. Bison head coach Gene Depew countered with regular starting catcher Reed, who drove the first pitch he saw to right-center field, emptying the bases. Donato followed with an RBI single past a diving third baseman to make the score 8-3.
Krentzman, who is now hitting .353 on the year, registered his second career three-hit game and reached base in each of his four plate appearances. He had an RBI single in the second to put Bucknell on the board and tie the score at 1-1. He also singled and scored in the fourth and seventh innings and walked right before Reed's bases-clearing double.
Other big hits in the game included a two-run triple by David Duffett in the third, an RBI single by Travis Clark in the sixth and an RBI double by Matt Busch in the seventh.
Donato, Carter Bumgardner, Duffett and Clark had two hits apiece in the game, while Krentzman posted his three. Dylan Wheeler led Navy with four hits, nearly half of its nine in the game.
Dan Goldstein (1-2) started on the mound in game two for the Bison and pitched 6.0 innings, yielded eight hits, struck out seven and allowed just three runs. He twice allowed the first three hitters in an inning to reach base and worked out of the jam each time, allowing a total of two runs in those situations. He was aided by a caught stealing in the second inning, while the only damage done against him in the fifth was a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly as he got Nikoali Simonsen to pop out and he struck out Kash Manzelli to end the inning. Goldstein retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings.
Russell Seidell earned his first career save by pitching the final 3.0 innings. He allowed just one hit and a walk, but the walk was erased on a near double play that ended up being one thanks to runner's interference being called.
Game one featured strong starting pitching from Ryan Ebner (Bucknell) and Preston Gainey (Navy) as each hurler tossed a complete game in the seven-inning affair. However, each team was hampered by a costly error.
First, it was Navy's turn. Gainey retired two of the first three hitters in the second inning before allowing a single to Seidell, who played first base in game one. Robb Scott followed with a hard-hit line drive right to shortstop that David Wiedeman had bounce off his glove and over his head into the outfield, allowing Colby Vanderbeck to score from second. A perfect bunt single by Donato down the third-base line followed to plate Seidell and make the score 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until the sixth as Gainey allowed just one hit - which was erased on a double play - and two walks the rest of the way.
Ebner, who was coming off a perfect 3.0 innings in a mid-week start vs. Lock Haven and who had a 16.1 scoreless inning streak against Navy dating back to 2011, allowed just two hits and one walk over the first 5.0 innings Sunday. However, he walked leadoff man Alex Azor to start the sixth. After getting a pair of groundouts he walked Dave Milanes. Chris Campbell followed with a triple to right-center that tied the score. Ebner then got Chance Jones to pop up near second base. With a steady wind blowing that made many pop-ups all day adventurous, it appeared as though Robb Scott had caught it to end the inning, but the ball fell to the ground, allowing Campbell to score what proved to be the winning run.
The 2011 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, Ebner posted a season-high eight strikeouts as he logged his first complete game of the year.
Donato, Gerry Runyan, Reed and Seidell each had a hit in game one as Bucknell posted four hits to Navy's three.
Bucknell will be back in action Tuesday when it travels to Towson, Md., for a 3 p.m. game against Towson. The Bison will then return home next weekend (April 14-15) for a four-game series with Lehigh that will wrap up their home Patriot League schedule.