WEST POINT – It wasn’t easy but the Army West Point baseball team took the rubber match here Sunday, 7-4, to win the season series over Bucknell.
The two teams headed into the game having both won a road doubleheader, setting up Sunday’s series finale.
Army started the scoring early with a run in the first and second inning. Jon Rosoff singled through the right side to score Jacob Hurtubise, who had led-off the game with a double to left field.
Then one inning later, Anfernee Crompton drilled a single to right field to bring home Matt Hudgins, who jump started a small two-out rally with a walk.
The Bison tied things up at 2-2 with two runs on two hits in the third inning. But Army broke that deadlock after Josh White converted on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Anthony Giachin started the frame reaching on a fielding error. The visitors then earned the first out of the inning but Hudgins singled to right center to place runners on the corners. That set up White’s sacrifice, which was the junior’s first of the year.
The Cadets added another run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to break the game open at 6-2. Giachin was credited with an RBI single in the fifth, while Drake Titus notched a two-RBI single in the sixth.
The Bison would grab one run back in the eighth to cut the lead in half but the home team responded with one final score in the eighth to create a four-run deficit between the teams.
Bucknell would not go down easily though as it loaded the bases with no outs in the final frame. After a quick Army pitching change, Jacob Carte registered a fly out for the first out of the inning. The Bison did manage to score one run on the play. The visitors loaded the bases again during the ensuing at bat thanks to a walk but Carte rebounded for a popup and a huge strikeout swinging to end the game.
The save handed the junior three for the year, while starting pitching Daniel Burggraaf earned his third win of the season. Burggraaf went 5.0 innings, allowing two hits, three walks and two runs. The junior fanned four during his time on the mound.
Titus, Rosoff and Crompton all posted two hits on the day to lead the Black Knights on offense.