WEST POINT - The Army baseball team scored eight runs on six hits and took advantage of three Bucknell errors to break open a tie game and cruise to a 10-4 win in the first game of Sunday’s Patriot League doubleheader at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights ensured at least a series split, improving to 22-11 overall and 7-3 in the league. The Bison held onto a slim one-half game lead in the standings, falling to 18-14-1 overall and 8-3 in conference action.
Army led 1-0 after the first inning, but the Bison tied the game with a run in the second. The Black Knights’ game-winning rally started with an error and a wild pitch before Daniel Cortes drove in his second run with a single. Mark McCants added an RBI triple and was followed by a run-scoring single by Patrick Mescher. Army loaded the bases for Harold Earls who drove in a run with a single. A bobble by the Bucknell left fielder allowed a second runner to score on the play. Connor Love and Crucitti plated runs with base hits, and Cortes capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
"They threw one of the best pitchers in the league in game one, and I thought we really competed well," interim head coach Matt Reid said. "We were able to do a good job on pitches up in the zone. We were really clicking on all cylinders. Gunnar Carroll did a great job completing the game."
Crucitti led Army’s 11-hit attack with three base hits, including two doubles. He also drove in a run and scored twice. Earls also boasted a multiple-hit game with two singles, while Cortes drove in a team-high three runs. Eight different Black Knights had at least one hit and seven players accounted for Army’s nine runs batted in.
Gunnar Carroll threw all seven innings to move to 6-1 on the season. He allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, and seven hits. Carroll, who was one of eight Army seniors honored before the game, struck out five and walked only one. Andrew Andreychik took the loss for the Bison, giving up seven runs, five of them earned, on five hits in two and one-third innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Corey Furman and Sam Clark led the Bison with two hits each. Furman also knocked in two runs.
The Black Knights took advantage of a struggling Bucknell defense that committed five total errors. Crucitti, the first Army batter, doubled down the right field line, but the ball was bobbled which allowed him to move to third on the play. Cortes followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Black Knights on top, 1-0.
The Bison answered in the next half inning. Anthony Gingerelli was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Rob Krentzman. Clark drove in a run with his first hit. Carroll was able to avoid further damage, getting a strikeout, a fly out and making a diving play on a popup just to the third base side of the mound.
After the Black Knights broke the game open in the third, Army tacked on a single run in the fourth. Kris Lindner started the rally with a one-out double. After he stole third, Jacob Page flew out to left for a sacrifice fly.
Bucknell scored three unearned runs in the seventh, all with two outs. Furman plated two runs with an RBI single and Joe Ogren chased him home with a base hit to center field. Carroll ended the game with a strikeout.