Hough Pitches Bucknell Past Baseball in Opener
April 19, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Seven clean innings by Bucknell starter Bryson Hough propelled the Bison to a 4-0 win over Lafayette in the series opener on Saturday afternoon at Kamine Stadium.
With the win, Bucknell improved to 20-15-1 overall and 10-3 in Patriot League play as Hough moved to 5-3 on the season. Lafayette dropped to 10-20 and 3-8 in conference games, while starter Connor Ortolf dipped to 2-6 in the hard-luck loss.
Ortolf pitched six innings and gave up four unearned runs on five hits. He fanned five batters and walked three on the afternoon.
The Leopards' senior southpaw found himself in a bases-loaded jam in the first inning compliments of an error, a free pass and a deep fly ball single off the bat of cleanup hitter Anthony Gingerelli. With Rob Krentzman at the plate, Ortolf induced a ground ball to shortstop, but it squirted past Andrew Landolfi and a pair of unearned runs crossed the plate.
Facing a 2-0 hole, Alex Woinski's two-out double off the base of the wall in the first inning put the Lafayette offense in business. Three batters later the bases were full following and error and Tyler Hudson's infield single as catcher Parker Hills stepped into the box. Hough worked the count in his favor before Hills left them loaded with a fly out to right field on a 1-2 offering by the Bucknell right-hander.
Bucknell doubled its lead with two more unearned runs in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Brett Smith and a sacrifice fly from Corey Furman. From that point, each starter began to throw up zeros consistently. Hough settled in nicely for Bucknell and retired the side in order in both the bottom of the second, fourth and seventh innings. The righty scattered three hits over his complete-game shutout victory and struck out one Lafayette batter.
Ortolf sent down eight in a row before walking Joe Ogren with one out in the top of the fifth. The Leopards' left hander got a pair of groundouts to keep the deficit at four runs, before receiving help from his defense in the sixth. A leadoff two-bagger inside the right field line by Sam Clark put him in scoring position before a punchout and foul out to Woinski at first quickly had two gone in the inning. An opposite field single by Smith into right had Clark on his way home, but the throw from Michael Coniglio to Woinski and relay to Hills at the plate was in time after Clark missed the plate on his slide attempt.
Sophomore Ryan Callanan tossed a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the seventh in relief of Ortolf.