March 20, 2010
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -
Northwestern rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, but Bucknell got an unearned run in the top of the 10th inning to down the Wildcats 4-3 Saturday afternoon.
Bucknell (10-8) got solo tallies in each of the first, third and fourth innings against NU starter Francis Brooke to take a three-run lead. However, the Northwestern pitching staff kept the team within striking distance before the offense finally came to life.
Northwestern (5-11) had managed just three hits through the first five innings against Dylan Seeley before they took advantage of an error to get within 3-1 in the sixth. Geoff Rowan drew a leadoff walk before Trevor Stevens reached on an error. Following a sacrifice bunt by Arby Fields, Paul Snieder brought home Rowan with a sac fly.
NU collected a pair of hits in the seventh but wasn't able to capitalize. After going down in order in the eighth, the 'Cats put together the game-tying rally in the ninth. Zach Morton started things with a single to left, marking the end of Seeley's day. Steve Carlin entered in relief and allowed a single by Jack Havey before Hamilton Wise moved both runners into scoring position with a bunt. A passed ball made it a 3-2 game and then Brant Cavagnaro tied things up with a sac fly that plated Havey.
Matt Gailey got the leadoff man in the top of the 10th, but an error put Ben Allen at second base with one out. Bob Donato brought Allen home with a single to center.
Northwestern attempted to rally again in the bottom of the 10th as Fields singled with one away and Chris Lashmet
drew a two-out walk, but Carlin got a flyout to preserve the win for the Bison.
Fields and Havey had two hits apiece for the Wildcats. Brooke worked the first 7 1/3 innings on the mound for NU and took a no-decision. He allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out five.
Northwestern returns to action at 9 a.m. Central time Sunday as it takes on Cornell.