Johnson Starts, Revello Closes In Bona Victory Over La Salle
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure starter Cael Johnson threw six shutout innings, reliever Andrew Revello allowed just one unearned run in his nine-out save and the baseball team (11-17, 3-6 Atlantic 10) picked up a 3-1 win over visiting La Salle (20-14, 7-5 A-10) Sunday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
St. Bonaventure opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st in support of Johnson. Senior Brad Steinbach laced a single to right against gusting 35 mph winds to lead off the frame. The right fielder then advanced to second on a wild pitch thrown by La Salle starter Cody Weiss. He was then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Wallschlaeger before scoring on a fielder's choice groundout by Austin Ingraham with the infield playing back.
The Bonnies added to their lead in the 3rd, and once again it was spearheaded by Steinbach, who led off the frame with walk. He then stole second – his team-leading 14th swipe of the year – before advancing to third on an infield single to the right side by Ingraham. Second baseman Jason Radwan then lined a one-out delivery to right to score Steinbach and give the Brown and White a 2-0 lead.
Bonaventure added to its lead in the 5th, as once again a lead-off man came around to score. This time it was Radwan, as the sophomore reached on an error by the shortstop leading off the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior Nick Brennen moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt and sixth-place hitter Billy Urban followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Radwan with his club-best 19th RBI of the campaign.
That was all the run support Johnson would need as the right hander logged six innings of work while scattering seven hits en route to earning his third win of the year, tying him for the club lead in that category. His six innings are tied for the most in a game year, and most in a contest since March 5 while the team was still on its Florida trip. The redshirt junior struck out four on the day, while walking three.
He was relieved by Revello, as the sophomore allowed an unearned run in the 8th inning, but surrendered just two hits in his three innings of work to earn his first career save.
Steinbach went 2-for-3 on the day, extending his hitting streak to nine straight – a stretch which equals a previous season high. Alex Calderon also finished the day with a pair of hits in a 2-for-4 effort.
Weiss was credited with the loss to drop his record to 3-5 on the year, as he went five innings, allowed seven hits and two of the three runs were earned.
The Bonnies return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for a non-league doubleheader against Bucknell. First pitch of the pair of 7-inning contests is scheduled for 2 p.m.