Baseball goes 1-3 on the road


Lauren Medeiros / The Bucknellian

Charlotte Dursee, Staff Writer

Bison Baseball started their weekend with a double header at Lafayette. 

The Bison came back from trailing to win the first game 8-5. The Bison were led by Sean Keys ’25 who finished with five RBIs and a three run double to close out the game and help them win the first match. They drove in four runs in the seventh inning, three of which came from Keys. Keys continues to prove himself a valuable player at bat, with huge hits against Lehigh and Penn State prior, and now Lafayette. Keys put the Bison ahead with a huge shot that hit the wall in right center.

Lafayette’s first run came in the first inning against starting pitcher Chris DiFiore ’23. The Bison quickly tied in the second when Tyler Dunn ’25 hit a single and later came home off a double play grounder. In the next inning, Keys had a two run double and Billy Kender ’25 had a two-out RBI double. However, the Leopards regained the lead in the fourth inning. They brought in four runs off of five hits.

In the seventh inning, Keys was joined by Kyle Lyons ’23, Anthony Sherwin ’24 and Jacob Corson ’24, putting runners on the bases. After Keys brought in the runs to put the Bison ahead, Dunn followed with an RBI to push the lead to 8-5. 

Ryan Osinski ’26 was on the mound and prevented any big action from Lafayette with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the ninth. Each team respectively had eight hits in the game. Corson, Keys and Dunn each had two hits. 

In game two, Lafayette had their turn for a comeback in a 12-inning faceoff. This game marked the Orange and Blue’s longest game of the season. The Bison were up 6-4 in the eighth when Lafeyette hit a long ball to tie the game. 

Pitcher Theo Farynick ’23 did his best to keep the score even at 6-6. Lafayette came close to closing the game in the ninth with runners on first and second and only one out. The Bison’s defense prevented any runs from being brought in and ended the inning with a double play.

The Bison were up 7-6 going into the bottom of the twelfth inning. Farynick was pitching well on the mound since he entered in relief in the fifth inning, but let up an infield hit and walked in the twelfth inning that lost them the lead. The Bison lost 8-7. 

Offensively, the Blue and Orange had 15 hits. Three came from Sherwin, and Corson, Grant Voytovich ’24, Nic Adamo ’24 and Chris Klein ’23 had two each. 

Adamo also scored three runs and after a base hit in the twelfth, and Mason Kelly ’23 was his pinch-runner who brought in the fourth run. The third game of the series against Lafayette took place the next day. The high scoring game ended in a 17-11 Lafayette victory.

Despite having 14 hits, the Bison offense was unable to keep up with Lafayette. Kindred and Voytovich homered, and Keys tallied three hits and a pair.

After the first half inning, the Bison went up 4-0. Kender homered right after Dunn had a two-run single. Lafayette countered with two runs and the Bison got two more in the second and two more in the fourth. 

RBIs from Voytovich and Keys put the Bison up 5-0 before Lafayette’s comeback started. Tyler O’Neil ’25 was pitching well until the fifth inning when Lafayette started to see some action. They were able to close the lead to 8-7. 

Hadley Maxwell ’26 came in to relief pitch and managed to get out of the fifth with the lead. However, the Leopards gained a 11-8 lead in the sixth. 

The Bison tried to close the lead and got as close as 11-10 after a two run double from Adamo. Lafayette responded with four runs in the seventh and two more in the night. The Bison were unable to make a comeback.

Tuesday afternoon, the Bison continued on the road to UMBC, marking their ninth straight away gameBrady Swenson ’25 started on the mound; his first pitching appearance of the season. Swenson struck out two in the three innings and yielded an unearned run on two hits. He was taken out around the middle innings with the Bison up 4-1. 

The Bison got started early offensively. Sherwin started with a walk, which was followed by a single from Corson. The bases became loaded once Voytovich was hit by a pitch. Keys brought everyone home with a grandslam, the Bison’s second grand slam in seven days.

The Retrievers started to make a comeback in the bottom of the fourth. A two run homer cut the Bisons lead to 4-3. Billy Kender’s RBI single pushed the score up 5-3 in the top of the fifth. But in the bottom frame, the Retrievers took over, propelled by a three run homer. In the seventh, UMBC added three more runs. Corson, Jacob Terwilliger ’23 and Lyons each had two hits.

The Bison look to get back into Patriot League play against Army this upcoming weekend in a three game series.

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