WEST POINT, NY – Bucknell’s Patriot League Baseball Tournament ended Thursday as Army won 12-2 in Game 3 of the Championship Series at Doubleday Field. After being limited to just three runs on nine hits in Game 2, the top-seeded Black Knights had 21 hits en route to their fourth straight league title.
Army took a big 6-0 lead in the first set, and Bucknell couldn’t recover after being held off the scoreboard for the first four frames. The Bison finished with nine hits and scored a run in fifth and another in seventh, leaving 12 runners on base. They also made a pair of mistakes.
Rookie pitcher Ben Magovern suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on six hits and one walk in the first inning. Sophomore Graeme Carroll pitched 2.2 innings and allowed three runs, and senior Andrew Funovits saw most of the work going four innings and allowing three runs (two earned).
Junior Kyle Lyons went 3-for-4 at the plate, and Grant Voytovich was 2-for-4 with a walk and one of Bucknell’s two RBIs. Anthony Sherwin was 2-for-4 with Bucknell’s only extra hit of the day.
Army’s Anthony Loricco picked up the win, throwing two strikeouts with three hits and a walk allowed in 2.1 innings.
After Bucknell left the bases loaded early in the first, Army took advantage of a fielding error that nearly ended the round. The Black Knights had four straight singles and posted six in total in the frame that left the Bison with a 6-0 deficit.
Army was held scoreless in second but added a seventh run on three more hits in third. Two more Black Knights crossed the fourth with four hits and loaded the bases before Funovits entered the game and ended the inning. The elder held the army scoreless for the next three innings.
The Bisons made their way to the board in the top of the fifth when Sherwin started the inning with a walk and was then driven on a Voytovich single in the middle. It was the 39th walk of the season for Sherwin, who ranks second all-time and just two behind the school record.
Bucknell scored again in the top of the seventh when Lyons started with a single, was moved to third on Sherwin’s double to center right and scored on a Chris Cannizzaro pitch. Bucknell had a chance for more runs but left three runners stranded for the second time.
Army scored their final three runs in a four-hitter bottom of the eighth, and Jacob Terwilliger finished the game on the mound, throwing a strikeout and giving up a base hit.