Bison drop NCAA opener at Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Artie Lewicki limited Bucknell to three hits in seven shutout innings, and Virginia had a seven-run sixth inning in its 10-1 victory Friday in the first game of the NCAA regional.

Lewicki (6-1) struck out five to help Virginia (45-13) move closer to advancing to its fifth super regional in six years. The Cavaliers will face Arkansas on today, while Bucknell (30-20-1) will play Liberty in an elimination game.

Bucknell committed four errors and the Cavaliers cashed in with nine unearned runs. Bucknell starter Bryson Hough (8-4) gave up only one earned run in five innings.

“The story of the game was our defense,” Bucknell second-year head coach Scott Heather said. “You can’t give a team like Virginia extra outs. None of them were difficult plays. We made them all year. It may have been a few nerves.”

In the sixth, a throwing error led to two runs, and Derek Fisher had a two-run single.

The Cavaliers’ Mike Papi and John La Prise each had three hits.