By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWSIBURG -- It wasn't surprising that Andrew Andreychik made a name for himself in his freshman year at Bucknell.
The 2011-2012 Daily Item Athlete of the Year and former three-sport star (baseball, football and basketball) at Danville High became the first Bison freshman since 1979 to pitch a shutout when he blanked Army in the second game of an April 21 doubleheader.
"It started kind of tough," Andreychik said of his first collegiate season. "I got rattled around a bit against Richmond in my first start, but I came on strong as of late. I had a tough one (Sunday), but I am just going to take it in stride and work on some thing going into the playoffs."
Andreychik, a 5-foot-11 righty. recorded a season-high eight strikeouts against Army while giving up four hits and walking a batter in Bucknell's 5-0 win. He was named the Patriot League pitcher of the week for his outing.
"It was quite the experience. It was a great time going in there and getting the lone win in the series," he said. "Having all of the guys in the infield backing me and the guys it the dugout cheering me on, that puts us over the edge and gets us the victory. It helps a lot getting some runs on the board early."
Before Sunday's game, Andreychik had allowed just two runs over 24 innings in his previous three starts.
"Its been a great ride and I want to keep it going in the playoffs," he added. "We have great senior leadership and hopefully they can lead us all the way to (an NCAA) regional."
Bucknell is the fourth seed in the Patriot League tournament. They face Holy Cross in the semifinals in two weeks.