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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Following a 9-4 loss to Northeastern on Saturday, the St. Bonaventure baseball team (3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak behind the arm of sophomore Andrew Revello with a 7-1 rain-shortened win over American International College Sunday.
Umpires called the game in the bottom of the 6th inning after St. Bonaventure had sent one batter to the plate, as once 5½ innings are played the game becomes an official contest.
Revello was marvelous on the mound, throwing six innings of five-hit baseball while surrendering only one run. The right-hander struck out a career-high eight batters, while walking just two, and the five hits he gave up ties a career low in an outing in which he has thrown at least six innings.
Sophomore first baseman Austin Ingraham started the scoring in the 3rd inning with a sacrifice fly to left to score senior center fielder Brad Steinbach to give St. Bonaventure a 1-0 lead.
From there, the Bonnies positioned themselves for the win by using a five-run 4th inning in support of Revello.
Junior right fielder Ryan Skellie led off the frame with a single, sophomore Eric Jutca followed with a bunt single and junior Michael Grieco reached on a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, senior Alex Calderon sent a 2-RBI single to left, moving catcher Grieco to third where he subsequently scored on a Steinbach sac fly to make it 4-0 in favor of the Bonnies.
Sophomore third baseman Billy Urban continued the Bona offensive onslaught with a sacrifice fly to score Calderon, and junior Nick Brennen followed with a single to plate Jason Radwan who had reached on a single of his own.
The Bonnies added another tally in the 5th when Radwan delivered his third single of the game to plate Calderon. AIC got on the board in the top the 6th with a run, but Revello was able to shut the door from there to earn his first win of the campaign.
Radwan finished the afternoon 3-for-4, while Calderon went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
The win served as a nice bounce-back for the Bonnies after dropping their fifth decision of the year against Northeastern. The Huskies jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the 4th inning off starter Cael Johnson, and never let the Bonnies get closer than two runs the rest of the day.
Urban drove in a pair of runs in the 6th to cut the Bona deficit to four at 6-2, and it was able to trim it to 6-4 in the 7th, but the Huskies responded with a three-run 8th to close any remaining comeback attempt.
St. Bonaventure will wrap up its nine-game, 10-day spring training trip in Florida on Monday against Monmouth at 10 a.m.