Dan Weigel throws 4-hitter for Bison in NCAA consolation win

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) – Dan Weigel threw a four-hitter and Bucknell beat Liberty 5-2 on Saturday for the second NCAA tournament victory in program history.

Weigel (8-5) allowed two runs, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Weigel responded with eight shutout frames to keep the Bison (31-20-1) alive in the postseason.

Liberty (41-18), which got a solo home run from Alex Close in the first inning, was eliminated

Bucknell got all of its runs in the first two innings. Jon Mayer went 2 for 3 with a double and drove in two runs. Rob Krentzman had a two-run single.

The Bison, who tied their single-season record for victories, will play Arkansas today at 2. The winner of that game meets Virginia tonight at 8.

The win was the first for Bucknell in the NCAA tournament since 2008.