Baseball struggles in another weekend of League play

Elise Covert, Sports Co-Editor

Bison baseball played four Patriot League contests on March 24-25, coming away from the weekend with a 1-3 record. The team’s record moves to a 2-6 in the League, 5-17 overall.

On March 24, the Orange and Blue dropped two games to Army West Point by final scores of 0-1 and 6-7. In the first contest, Connor Van Hoose ’18 carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. However, Army fought to the end and tallied the game’s only run in the final inning to secure the win. A rally sparked by a double from Miles Moore ’19 in the bottom of the seventh wasn’t enough to plate a game-tying run for the Bison. Evan Madigan ’20 led the Orange and Blue offensively, going 2-3 on the day with a double in the sixth.

The Bison dropped another one-run game to the Black Knights later in the day, 6-7. The offenses gained some rhythm after a stagnant game one and were tied 3-3 going into the top of the sixth. Army tallied four runs in the sixth to take the lead, and the Orange and Blue added three in the final frame but could not complete the comeback. The Bison received six hits from six different players, and Mike Korchak ’18 and Nate Grisius ’20 were both strong in relief on the mound in the late innings.

On March 25, the Bison split a doubleheader with Holy Cross, notching a 5-0 win before dropping the second contest 4-9. Pitcher Jack Grabek ’19 carried the Bison in the front end of the doubleheader, notching three strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings of work. The Bison took the early lead with three runs in the second inning and added two in the fifth. Keifer Rawlings ’18 led the offense with two hits. Chuckie Scales ’18 added to the effort with two RBIs on a two-out double into deep right field.

The Bison could not continue their momentum against the Crusaders in the second game. Luke Johnson ’18 went for three hits on the night and the team tallied eight, but left 14 runners on base through the course of the contest. Holy Cross pounded out 14 hits for the 4-9 final.

The Orange and Blue will look to get back on track in Patriot League play when they travel to Army on March 31 for a three-game series. They have dropped seven one-run games this season and hope to tighten things up in order to come out of close games on the winning end.

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