Baseball keeps it rolling against Lehigh

Alex Bolinger, Senior Writer

This was one of the most important weekends for the Bison baseball team as the regular season starts to draw to an end. Looking at their schedule, they would have to win a majority of their games in the last three series against Patriot League opponents if they wanted to get into the playoffs. With two of those series being against fierce rival Lehigh, the Bison knew last weekend was going to be huge for them and their quest for a Patriot League Championship. For the baseball squad, the weekend went exactly as planned. They showed a fierce competitiveness and were able to put together an impressive hitting weekend with equally impressive pitching on the mound. With just a few more weeks left, the Bison are feeling good after taking this weekend’s series against Lehigh two games to one.

They were in Bethlehem on Saturday, April 24 for the first double header of the weekend. In game one however, the Bison did not find the start that they were looking for. Going against Mason Black, Lehigh’s star ace, they could not find the runs needed to beat the mountain hawks. Black has given the league fits over the last four years and many people consider him one of the best pitchers to come out of the Patriot League. Unfortunately for the Bison they lost the first game of the double header 7-4 but they did not have to hang their heads long as it would be their only loss of the weekend.

In game two on Saturday the outcome was much different. The Bison fought hard to earn a split in the double header by getting some hard earned runs in the second game on Saturday. This was marked by an impressive performance on the mound by Will Greer ’23 who threw a complete game and only allowed one earned run with a pair of strikeouts. Greer’s pitching performance was the sign of the tides turning for the weekend. While Lehigh could not get anything going offensively, the Bison bats were able to get active with Chris Cannizzaro ’22 going 4-for-4 with an RBI and getting across the plate once. The complete game was the first of Greer’s career and only the second complete game by a Bison this year (Chris Difiore ’23 threw a complete seven inning game). The Orange and Blue walked away with a split on Saturday and won the second game of the double header 3-1.

“After splitting the double header  Saturday we all knew we had to perform on Sunday back in Lewisburg. We all knew that Sunday was one of the most important games of the season for us.” Greer said.

Sunday in Lewisburg is where the magic really started to happen and the Bison blew away the visiting Mountain Hawks. In one of the most important games of the season the Bison performed to their best. With 13 hits and 14 runs scored, the team put up one of its most dominant offensive performances of the season on Sunday. Kendall Pierson ’22 had three hits on five at bats with two RBI’s. Difiore got the win on the mound and improved his season record  to 4-2. When all the dust settled the Bison won Sunday 14-4.

This weekend’s series against rival Lafayette has been postponed due to a COVID outbreak within the Leopards team. However, the Bison added a game against St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia this Wednesday, April 28 to remain loose.

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