Baseball splits four-game series with Army

Doug Hendry, Assistant Sports Editor

The baseball team traveled to Doubleday Field on April 12-13 to battle against conference-rival Army in a four-game series. The Bison won one of two games on both Saturday and Sunday. The Orange and Blue’s out-of-conference opponent, Towson, triumphed 4-2 over the Bison on April 16 at John B. Schuerholz Park.

The first game of the weekend ended as a 6-5 defeat for the Bison, but the top of the lineup was hot throughout the game. Leadoff man Brett Smith ’17 went 2/3 with three runs while Corey Furman ’14 knocked in a run on 2/4 hitting. The second game of the day against the Black Knights ended on a higher note, with Dan Weigel’s ’14 domination on the hill guiding the Bison to a 3-1 victory. Weigel allowed only one run in his fifth career complete game, as Jon Mayer ’16 doubled Army’s score by tallying two runs on 2/4 hitting.

“Backed by a strong performance from the bullpen, our offense was unable to push the runs across to win the game. Missing some key offensive pieces, we were unable to produce the runs necessary to take the win our bullpen fought for,” Spencer Stokes ’16 said regarding his team’s first loss.

On Sunday, the Bison lost in the first game 10-4 but rebounded with a superb 9-0 shutout to win two games for the weekend against Army. Six Bison reached base in the first game while Max Kra ’16 allowed one earned run in three innings in relief. On the final game of the series, the Orange and Blue were hitting the ball all over the field. Furman registered a hit in all five at-bats while recording two runs and two RBI. Joe Ogren ’16 added three hits, while Tommy Pennington ’16 and Greg Wasikowski ’15 had two hits apiece. On the hill, Xavier Hammond ’15 went the distance and struck out six batters while giving up only two hits and zero runs.

Towson stopped the baseball team’s recent strong play as the Bison managed only three hits in the loss. Furman reached base for the 16th consecutive game, but Mike Castellani’s ’17 scoreless pitching streak ended at 21 innings.

Now with a 19-15-1 overall record and a 9-3 in Patriot League ranks, the Bison have four games at Lafayette tomorrow and Sunday and will then return home for two games on April 22 against St. Bonaventure.

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