April 23, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Chris Grandizio hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to help the Bison baseball team to its first of two victories over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at Depew Field. In game one, the Bison defeated the Crusaders, 7-6, and took game two by a 9-0 margin. The pair of wins levels Bucknell at 19-19 overall on the season, 9-5 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross drops to 14-21-1, 3-11 in league play.
In the first game, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when freshman Tyler Stampone led off with an infield single and came around to score on a single up the middle by senior Tom Potvin. Bucknell tied things up with a run in the bottom half of the inning after Ed Rubbo doubled to bring in Ryan Gryskevicz, who reached base after being hit by a pitch.
Holy Cross then scored three times in the third, but Bucknell answered right back with two runs in the home half of the inning. Grandizio opened the inning with a double and scored on a triple by Brad Duvall, who later came around to score after Matt Capece's single to right.
The Crusaders pushed their lead to 5-3 when Norm Roth crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Kyle Lister in the fourth, but the two-run cushion would not be enough to hold off the Bison as the team rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
With one out, Rubbo singled up the middle and Shawn Hirsch followed with a single down the left field line that advanced Rubbo to third. Rubbo came home on a wild pitch and Capece brought in the other two runs, driving in Hirsch and Grandizio with a single to center.
In the top of the seventh, Holy Cross knotted the score at 6-6 when Stampone singled and came home on a base hit by Brian Abraham.
But that would be all the Crusaders would manage off Bison hurler Jason Buursma. Bucknell loaded the bases for Grandizio in the bottom of the eighth and he responded with a single to center that scored his brother, Dane Grandizio, who entered the game as a pinch runner, for the winning run.
Bucknell starter Matt Curry pitched six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts, but did not receive a decision. Buursma picked up the win after allowing one run on two hits, while striking out two in two innings of work. of work to pick up the victory (1-1).
Crusader reliever Tim Thran took the loss after giving up one run on two hits with in two innings. Holy Cross starter Scott Hampe worked six innings and allowed six runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
In game two, Bucknell took a 2-0 lead in the second and then broke the game open with three runs in the fifth, before scoring two more in the eighth.
Jacob Moss pitched a complete-game shutout to earn the victory (4-2) for the Bison. Moss scattered four hits with one walk and two strikeouts over nine innings.
Holy Cross starter Matt Blake suffered the setback (1-4) for Holy Cross, after being touched up for seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Ryan Anderson threw 1.2 innings for the Crusaders and gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Both teams return to action tomorrow, Monday, April 24, when they will play games three and four of the four game series, with game one beginning at 1 p.m. at Bucknell's Depew Field.