Bison Baseball continues to compete away

Lea Tarzy, Senior Writer

Bison baseball was on the road this past weekend as they traveled to World War Memorial Stadium in East Greensboro N.C. The team first faced off against Western Michigan at noon on Saturday and lost 15-5, and later in the weekend, 9-5. Immediately following, the Bison played against host NC A&T and fell 16-2. 

The Bison started out strong against the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, going up 4-0 at the beginning of the game. The four-point lead came from an RBI single from Grant Voytovich ’24 and a three-run homer from Sean Keys ’25. 

However, the Broncos soon retaliated against Bison pitcher Will Greer ’23. The Broncos took advantage, adding a three-run home run to bring the score to 6-4 in their favor.  

Jacob Corson ’24 scored for the Bison off of an RBI single in the seventh inning to bring the Bison’s final total to five. Corson hit on two of his three at-bats for the Bison, who were limited to just six hits in the entire game.  

“We hit the ball well in the first inning against Western Michigan, but we cooled down offensively in the later innings,” Voytovich said. “It was our first time playing on a natural surface this year, so it was definitely an adjustment defensively too.” 

The Bison then faced off against the NC A&T Aggies. NC A&T had defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 8-7 on Friday and were victorious against the Bison as well, scoring in seven of their eight at-bats and winning 16-2.  

Voytovich had hits on three of his four at-bats and Keys went two-for-four. Together they tallied exactly half of the Bison’s 10 hits. 

Voytovich had an RBI single in the fifth inning and a home run in the seventh to get Bucknell on the board. This was Voytovich’s third round-tripper of the season. 

“I think we got away from our approach in the game against NC A&T,” Voytovich said. “Their pitchers were executing their pitches, and I also think the game sped up on us. We are definitely looking to rebound this week and this weekend especially since we are playing at a familiar place. It will be a great test to see where we are at as a team.”

The Bison then faced off against the Western Michigan Broncos for the second time. The game remained scoreless for the first three innings before Bucknell went up with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.  

Pitcher Tyler O’Neill ’25 stood out with a solid first four innings, only permitting the Broncos one hit. 

Jacob Corson ’24, the Patriot League on-base percentage leader, started the scoring with a leadoff walk. 

Billy Kender ’25 bunted to get Corson onto second before Keys hit an RBI single to send Corson home. 

Jacob Terwilliger ’23 hit a single to send Keys home and bring the lead to 2-0. 

The Broncos responded quickly with four runs in the fifth inning before adding two more in the sixth to bring the score to 6-2.  

At this point, the Bison had the bases loaded with just one out in the bottom half, but Bronco Joe Shapiro had a double play to hold off the offensive threat.

WMU and Bucknell each scored three more runs in the final two innings. The Bison scored off of an RBI groundout from Kyle Lyons ’23, an error and a pinch-hit single from Henry Novicki ’23. Nevertheless, the Broncos ended in the lead with a final score of 9-5.

“The weekend definitely wasn’t our best by any means, but it gives us the chance to deal with some adversity and come together as a team,” Corson said. “The team is still positive and is looking forward to our home opener.”

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