LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell designated hitter Jon Mayer combined to hit 3-for-6 with three runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs to help lead the Bison to a doubleheader sweep over Holy Cross, 4-2 and 5-0, in Patriot League baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Depew Field. With the wins, Bucknell improves to 24-16 overall and 14-4 in the league, while the Crusaders fall to 12-30 on the season and 3-13 in the conference.
GAME 1: Bucknell 4, Holy Cross 2
Holy Cross struck with an early run in the top of the first to gain the 1-0 lead. Crusader junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) led off the frame with an infield single and stole second base to move into scoring position. During the next at bat, Ocello crossed home on an RBI-double by senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) for the game's first run. Bucknell responded in the bottom of the first inning as Anthony Gingerelli and Mayer each had solo home runs to give the Bison the 2-1 lead.
After three scoreless innings by both teams, Bucknell added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Mayer belted a two-run homer, his second of the game, to put the Bison on top 4-1. Holy Cross made a valiant effort to get back into the game in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) hit a solo home run to make the score 4-2. Crusader sophomore Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) walked two batters later and freshman Anthony Critelli (Holmdel, N.J.) singled to center field to put runners on first and second. Bucknell, however, was able to record the final out of the frame to claim the 4-2 win.
Bucknell starting pitcher Bryson Hough picked up the win (6-3), as he pitched the seven-inning complete game and allowed two runs on six hits with four punchouts. Holy Cross freshman starter Ben White (Holden, Mass.) was charged with the loss (0-5), as he surrendered four runs (two earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Holy Cross had six players with one hit apiece as the Bison held the 7-6 edge in total hits.
GAME 2: Bucknell 5, Holy Cross 0
In game two, Bucknell grabbed the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as the Crusaders made two miscues during the frame. Holy Cross had its chances in the first three innings, as it left two runners on base during each frame, but could not push any runs across the plate.
The Bison added another run in the bottom of the third inning to gain the 4-0 advantage. Bucknell scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to go ahead 5-0. Holy Cross only managed two hits over the final four frames, as the Bison would go on to earn the 5-0 victory.
Bucknell starter Dan Weigel pitched the complete game shutout (5-4), as he allowed 10 hits and two walks, while he fanned three batters. Holy Cross junior starting pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) was charged with the loss (2-6), as he tossed six innings and surrendered five runs (two earned) on six hits with four punchouts. The Crusader bullpen of junior Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.), and freshmen George Capen (Gainesville, Va.) and Jon Escobar (Inverness, Ill.) combined to pitch two scoreless innings allowing only one hit.
Critelli led the Crusaders in the second game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Barry and Cipolla each went 2-for-3. Holy Cross held the 10-7 advantage in total hits, while it stranded nine runners on base compared to four for the Bison.
Holy Cross and Bucknell will conclude its weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday, April 27 beginning at 12:00 p.m.