It’s always good to hear from those who move on from L-L League play to the college ranks. This video features senior left-handed pitcher Dan Weigel took the mound today for Bucknell. The 2009 Lampeter-Strasburg graduate threw a complete-game four-hitter and did not allow a run over the final eight innings in leading Bucknell to a 5-2 NCAA Regional victory over Liberty Saturday afternoon. It was the second NCAA postseason victory for the Bison, who equaled the program record for wins in a season as they improved to 31-20-1 on the season.
Bucknell, the fourth seed at the Regional, and Patriot League champions bounced back from a 10-1 loss to No. 3 national seed Virginia on Friday. Third-seeded Liberty (41-18) was eliminated from the double-elimination regional after opening with a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Arkansas Friday night.
Saturday’s win was the first for the Bison at an NCAA Regional since it defeated the No. 4 overall national seed Florida State in the opening game of the 2008 postseason.
Weigel (8-5) seemed to get stronger as the game went on. He retired nine of the final 10 hitters he faced and did not allow more than one baserunner in an inning over the final six frames. By logging his fourth complete game of the season, Weigel now holds Bucknell’s single-season (97.2) and career (273.1) innings pitched records.