Andrew Andreychik carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning to earn his fifth win of the season as Bucknell held off a late Lafayette rally to win game one of Sunday's college doubleheader, 5-4. The Leopards avoided a sweep with a 7-3 victory in game two.
With Sunday's outcomes across the league, Bucknell clinched a top-two seed in next month's Patriot League postseason tournament and will host a best-of-three semifinal series.
Andreychik improved to a team-best 5-3 on the year with another strong performance on the mound. He struck out a career high-tying eight and did not allow a hit until Andrew Landolfi singled with one out in the fifth after Bucknell had already built a 4-0 cushion.
The PA-D4 dual team recently took second place at the PSU?Mont Alto Duals. The team opened with a 33-24 win over Big Springs before beating Carlisle, 36-27. The team lost in the finals to Gladiators, 41-28. Competing for the team was Montgomery’s Lucas Drick (109 pounds), South Williamsport’s Billy Kline (116), Montgomery’s Kyle Bennett (123), Montgomery’s Jake Chamberlin (129), Warrior Run’s Zach LeBarron (135), Montgomery’s Kobe Galentine (141), South Williamsport’s Nate Jones (148), Muncy’s Dakota Nixon (155), South Williamsport’s Ryan Seagraves (163) and Montgomery’s Ethan Marino (223). Coaches included Jim Chamberlin, Patrick Sparks, John Nixon, Mike Jones and Keith Bennett.
Bucknell 5, Lafayette 4
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Andrew Andreychik, Tucker Rebucki (7) and Justin Meier. Bednar, Kaufman (5), Spera (6) and P. Hills. W-Andreychik. L-Bednar.
Top Bucknell hitters:?Brett Smith, 2-4, 2 runs; Anthoyn Gingerelli, home run, 2 RBIs, run; Sam Clark, 4-4, RBI. Top Lafayette hitters: Santomauro, 2-4, RBI, run; Kramer, 1-3, 2 RBIs; Landolfi, 2-3, run.
Lafayette 7, Bucknell 3
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Xavier Hammond, Max Kra (4), Tom Hrabchak (6) and Jon Mayer. Houck, Callanan (7), McMahon (8), Farina (9) and Hills. W-Houck. L-Hammond.
Top Bucknell hitters: Danny Rafferty, 1-4, triple, RBI, run. Top Lafayette hitters: Woinski, 3-4, 2 RBIs, run; Hudson, 3-3, 2 RBIs.