Baseball’s 4-0 Patriot League weekend

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Lauren Medeiros / The Bucknellian

Clara McCormick, Sports Editor

Bucknell Baseball had a stand-out weekend, facing both Lafayette and Lehigh twice and winning all four games.

The first double-header the Orange and Blue faced was against Lafayette. The Bison toppled the Leopards easily winning the games 11-0 and 20-2. The Bison scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, and before a single out was recorded, they scored four times.

These points were due to an RBI single from Tyler Dunn ’25, a two-run double from Sean Keys ’25 and a fielder’s choice from Chris Klein ’23.

Anthony Sherwin ’24, in the third inning, made the score 7-0 in favor of the Bison by earning a two-run triple to deep center field, and in the fourth the three were made as well as a hit. 

Runs from a wild pitch, a bases-loaded walk by Sherwin and a run-scoring ground ball from Jacob Corson ’24, made the score 10-0. Sherwin then singled home Lyons in the sixth inning, earning his fourth RBI of the game. 

Senior pitcher Chris DiFiore had his first career shutout in game one. He allowed only two hits and allowed only two hits and a walk for the entirety of the game. 

The game ended with Bucknell scoring 11 runs on nine hits. 

“I had a really good command of my fastball, but didn’t feel confident with my other pitches,” DiFiore said. “I knew I needed to pound the zone and trust the fielders behind me, and they played amazing defense for me.” 

Game two against Lafayette also went extremely well for Orange and Blue Baseball, earning a season-high 20 runs. Ben Sinins ’24 had an exceptional game. He went three for four, batting three runs and scoring three. 

Billy Kender ’25 had his first-career three hit game, and Lyons and Dunn added three hits as well. Mason Kelly ’23 and Nic Adamo ’24 had two RBIs and two hits each, and Keys earned his second-straight two-hit game, which made his hitting streak seven.

The first point of the day came about when Dunn earned a single through the hole on the right after Sinins singled and Grant Voytovich ’24 drew a 10-pitch walk. 

4-0 was earned in the fourth inning when Adamo hit an RBI double and Sherwin earned a two-run single. Pitcher Will Greer ’23 held his own, striking out the side in the fourth and retiring the first 13 Lafayette players.

The fifth inning consisted of some challenges from the Leopards, earning their first run of the double-header, but Greer struck out the rest of the threats. 

The Bison responded with three more runs in the fifth inning, eight runs in the sixth and five in the seventh. These were thanks to contributions from Kender, Kelly, Keys, Lyons and Henry Novicki ’23.

The game ended with rookie pitcher Hadley Maxwell relieving Greer. This was Greer’s best game of the season, statistically. 

Coming off two conference wins, the Bison faced Lehigh in their next double-header. These games against the Mountain Hawks were certainly more competitive than the Lafyette games, with the final scores being 6-4 and 16-6 in favor of the Orange and Blue. 

Pitcher Tyler O’Neill ’25 started this game, and Lehigh scored the first two runs and they did not take place until the fourth inning, but Bucknell responded fast.

Klein hit a double to start putting the Bison on the board, shortly followed shortly by a walk from Jake Wortman ’23, a single by Lyons to score Klein, Corson getting hit by a pitch and ground ball from Voytovich. These efforts tied the game 2-2. 

Theo Farynick ’23 relieved O’Neill, who performed well for the Bison.

The game went back-and-forth between the teams until Keys hit a team-leading fifth home run of the season, the Bison reigning victorious. The final game of the weekend was the second game in the double header against Lehigh. 

Dunn led the team by going three for three with extra-base hits and six RBIs, a career high and Adamo hit his first career home run. Adamo, alongside Sherwin, had two-hit games. 

This game against the Mountain Hawks was much more high scoring than the first. Lehigh scored first yet again, but the Bison responded in the bottom of the first inning. 

To make the game a 4-3 lead for the Orange and Blue, Sherwin earned a single, Voytovich walked and Dunn scored them in with a triple. Kender also beat out a double-play ball to score Dunn. 

Voyovich, Kelly and Corson walked with the bases loaded, and Dunn earned another run for the game with a sac fly in the fifth inning.

In the seventh, it was Dunn again, who was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Kender, which triggered the 10 run rule. The final score of the game was 16-6 in seven innings. 

“Top to bottom we played very well this weekend and have had a really solid stretch of games,” DiFiore said. “We are hitting, fielding and pitching really well right now, and it’s not just a few guys, it’s everyone.”

This weekend, the Bison are on the hunt for more wins as they face league opponents Army and Holy Cross in another set of double headers. 

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