Army Splits Sunday Doubleheader With Bucknell

Alex Robinett

Alex Robinett

April 21, 2013

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Alex Robinett struck out seven batters over eight strong innings to lead Army to a 3-2 victory in the first game, but Bucknell's Andrew Andreychik fanned eight in nine scoreless frames to help the Bison win a 5-0 decision in the nightcap as the Patriot League rivals split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Depew Field.

With the split, Army (19-18, 10-6 PL) has clinched a spot in next month's Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights maintain sole possession of second place in the conference standings, two games behind league-leading Holy Cross (12-4 PL) and one game in front of third-place Navy (9-7 PL).

The Black Knights and Crusaders will lock horns next weekend with the Patriot League regular-season title up for grabs. Army can win its second straight regular-season crown by taking three of four games from Holy Cross, provided Navy does not sweep Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.

Bucknell (14-27, 8-8 PL) slips into fourth place in the league standings, three games in front of fifth-place Lehigh (5-11 PL) and four games clear of sixth-place Lafayette (4-12 PL).

Harold Earls went 2-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored in the first game, and his leadoff double in the top of the eighth ignited Army's extra-inning rally. Jacob Page and Andrew Johnson also recorded two hits apiece in the opening contest to help spark the Black Knights' 10-hit attack.

Robinett (6-2) earned his third consecutive win on the mound for Army, allowing just six base hits en route to his second complete-game victory of the season. After allowing the Bison to knot the score in the bottom of the fifth inning, the right-hander retired the last 11 Bucknell hitters he faced.

Army took an early lead in the opening game, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the second inning to establish a 2-0 advantage. Page began the uprising with a leadoff single, advanced to second base on Michael Sands' sacrifice bunt, took third on Johnson's base hit and scored when Justin Reece reached on a fielder's choice. Reece later advanced to second base when Jon Crucitti was hit by a pitch and scored on Earls' single.

Bucknell trimmed the Army lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning on Carter Bumgardner's run-scoring single. Robinett was able to minimize the damage, however, striking out Rob Krentzman with the bases loaded to end the threat.

The Bison knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth on Bumgardner's RBI groundout. Matt Busch led off the inning with an infield single, advanced to second base on Travis Clark's base hit, took third on a passed ball and scored when Bumgardner bounced out to shortstop.

Army moved back in front, 3-2, in the top of the eighth inning on Mark McCants' RBI single. Earls doubled to right field leading off the frame, moved to third base on Alex Jensen's sacrifice bunt and scored when McCants dumped a single into left field.

Dan Goldstein (4-5) took the loss for the Bison in the opener after yielding three runs on 10 hits in eight innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Bumgardner finished 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Bucknell offense. Clark also collected a pair of hits in the contest.

Bucknell grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, scoring an unearned run without the aid of a hit. Clark reached on an error by the Army shortstop with one out, stole second base and advanced to third when the Black Knights' catcher threw the ball into center field. He eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Bison added to its lead in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs on three hits to establish a 5-0 advantage. Joe Ogren's two-run double highlighted the uprising, which also featured RBI hits by Clark and Krentzman.

The early run support was more than enough for Andreychik (4-2), who was dominant throughout his outing. The freshman right-hander retired the first nine Army batters he faced and did not allow a base hit until the fifth inning. He permitted just four hits and one walk en route to his first career shutout.

Army's best scoring opportunity came in the top of the fifth inning as the Black Knights loaded the bases with one out. Justin Reece lined into a double play, however, to halt the rally. Army also stranded runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings, but the Black Knights were unable to push anything across.

Army starter Jack Verrill (0-2) took the loss for the Black Knights in the nightcap after being touched for five runs (four earned) on three hits and one walk in 2.2 innings.

Julian Larimer pitched well for the Black Knights out of the bullpen, retiring 16 of 18 batters he faced. He set down 11 consecutive Bison at one point, and only allowed one hit in 5.1 innings of work.

Army returns to action on Wednesday, April 24, when the Black Knights travel to Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., to face Marist in the eighth annual WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Army moves to 64-43 all-time versus Bucknell ... Army earned its second extra-inning victory of the season (2-3) in the first game ... the Black Knights were shut out for the first time this season in the nightcap ... Julian Larimer pitched a career-high 5.1 innings in the second game ... Larimer also matched his career best with two strikeouts ... Mark McCants extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games with hits in both ends of today's doubleheader.

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