It was a busy week for the Ursinus College baseball team. For the first time all year long, the Bears played a game outside of Florida. The weather had forced the team to cancel games with Pitt-Bradford last weekend, but this weekend the weather was finally nice enough to return to the field.
The Bears kicked off game action on Thursday as they traveled to TCNJ to face off with the #17 team in the country. The Bears fought hard but fell to TCNJ 12-3. Ursinus started Senior Seth Regensburg on the mound and got a solid 5 inning performance with Regensburg only surrendering 3 earned runs. However, errors would haunt the Bears all afternoon, as 3 unearned runs ended up crossing while Regensburg was on the mound. Overall, the Bears only allowed 7 earned runs, but allowed 5 unearned runs to cross the plate. Mark LeDuc was a bright spot for the Bears pitching staff as the sophomore completed 2 innings while not allowing TCNJ to score.
It was a rough day at the plate for Ursinus, as the TCNJ pitching staff was able to stifle the Bears’ hitters for most of the day. Junior Travis Kozak had both (2) RBIs for Ursinus while also scoring the other run. Sophomore Carter Usowski who came into the game as the best hitter on the team struggled at the plate. Usowski went hitless on the day, being struck out twice.
Overall, it was a good test for the Bears to play against a top tier team as it will help better prepare them for the tough competition they face in the Centennial Conference.
Finally, the Bears got to return to Thomas Field for game action. Their home opening series against a struggling SUNY-Canton team allowed for Ursinus to get back in the win column after a tough loss to TCNJ. The Bears swept the Kangaroos on Saturday and fell to them on Sunday to finish the weekend 2-1.
In the first game, Travis Kozak was the star at the plate again for the Bears as the Junior went 2-4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs. “Most of the credit goes to my teammates, when I get on base they are the ones who have to do their job at the plate to allow me to score” said Kozak. He wasn’t the only one who was hot at the plate for Ursinus as Senior Alex Campbell was 2-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 run. Pitching wise, Junior Pierce Greenleaf picked up his third win for the year with a solid 7 inning performance. Greenleaf is now 3-0 on the season and shaping up to be one of the best pitchers in the Centennial.
An 8th inning explosion is what propelled the Bears past the Kangaroos in the second game in the Saturday doubleheader. SUNY-Canton got 5 runs off of David Drea in the 4th inning but Steve DiStefano came on in relief and shut down the ‘Roos from that moment on. DiStefano went 5 innings while only allowing 1 run. He held off the Kangaroos but the Bears’ bats had seemingly gone quiet after lighting up the scoreboard in the first game. However, in the 8th inning, Ursinus finally struck gold at the plate. It all started when pinch hitter Tom Carey doubled into left field scoring Kozak and Dom Fiorentino. That would lead to a 7 run 8th inning which allowed the Bears to top TCNJ 8-6 in the second game of the doubleheader.
The final game of the 3 game series is definitely one that the Bears will look to put in the rear view mirror. Matt Radwanski started on the mound and went 6.1 innings while giving up 7 earned runs. However, pitching problems were not the only issue for Ursinus on Sunday. At the plate, the Bears only managed 7 hits after getting 12 and 10 hits in the two games prior. In the end, the Bears would fall 9-2 to SUNY-Canton on Sunday, finishing the week 2-2.
The Bears have a busy week ahead of them. The have a midweek game against Immaculata and then begin conference play in a Saturday doubleheader at Dickinson. Those games will be streamed through the Dickinson athletics website. Finally, the Bears finish the week by traveling to Salisbury University to battle with the Seagulls at 1 on Sunday.