Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader, Series From Saint Louis

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader, Series From Saint Louis

Game 1 PDF Box Score
Game 2 PDF Box Score

The baseball team (14-17, 6-6 Atlantic 10 Conference) completed a three-game sweep of visiting Saint Louis (22-18, 4-8 A-10) on Friday by taking both games of a doubleheader against the Billikens, winning game one, 3-2, and game two, 8-3.

After earning the save in the first game, sophomore Andrew Revello started game two for St. Bonaventure, and the Bona offense gave him a lead in just the 2nd inning.

Shortstop Billy Urban started the frame with a single up the middle before sophomore Austin Ingraham sent a single through the right side to advance his classmate to second. Designated hitter Eric Jutca then moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Michael Grieco stepped in, and with a drawn-in infield sent a bullet single to left to score Urban. Senior Alex Calderon then followed with a perfectly placed suicide squeeze just up the third-base line which turned into a hit to plate Ingraham from third.

The Billikens got both runs back in the 5th off reliever Cael Johnson, who was in his first inning of work. 

However, the Bonnies responded in the 6th with another pair of runs. Grieco led off the frame with a booming triple into the right-center gap, and with one out senior Brad Steinbach – celebrating his birthday – sent a sac fly to deep right to plate Grieco. With the bases empty, senior Jamie Wallschlaeger laid down a perfect drag bunt single to the right of the pitcher's mound before advancing to second on a passed ball. He later scored the fourth Bona run of the game when sophomore Jason Radwan sent a double to left-center.

St. Bonaventure added to its lead with yet another pair of runs, this time in the 7th. It started with Urban reaching on a lead-off error by the shortstop before moving to second on a wild pitch during an Ingraham at bat. Ingraham eventually worked a walk, and after a failed pickoff attempt at second of Urban trickled into short-left field, both runners moved up a base.

Ryan Skellie then sent a deep fly ball to center, so deep that it resulted in a 2-RBI sacrifice fly as Ingraham was able to score from second on the play in addition to Urban to give the Bonnies a 6-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Bonnies gave themselves even more protection when Ingraham sent a two-out single through the right side of the infield to plate Nick Brennen and Radwan.

Wallschlaeger entered in the bottom of the 6th to relieve Johnson, and the side-arming lefty went the rest of the way, finishing with 3.1 innings of work to his credit en route to picking up his second win of the year. He kept SLU off the scoreboard until the 9th when it plated one run for the final 8-3 margin.

Revello was great in his first four innings of work, as the right hander limited the Billikens to just two hits while striking out three. Johnson lasted 1.2 innings in surrendering two runs.

At the dish, Radwan went 3-for-5, while Grieco also finished with three hits in a 3-for-4 afternoon. Wallschlaeger, Urban and Ingraham all collected two hits as the Bonnies finished with 13 team hits in the contest.

While offense was prevalent in the second game of the twinbill, game one was a pitcher's duel between St. Bonaventure's Jordan Crane and Saint Louis's Zack Smith. Making just his fourth start of the year, Crane – who started the year as a reliever – pitched eight complete innings, while Smith no-hit the Bonnies into the 6th inning.

Saint Louis jumped out to an early start by plating a run in the top of the 1st. The Billikens then added to their lead in the 4th when a lead-off double came around to score, and they took a 2-0 lead.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the 8th when the Bonnies struck magic with a two-out rally. With Steinbach at third and Wallschlaeger on second, Urban stepped into the box with Saint Louis closer Travis Parker freshly entered after moving from third base to the mound. Urban sent the first pitch he saw down the left-field line for a double, plating Steinbach and Wallschlaeger to tie the game at 2-2.

Next up was Ingraham, and the sophomore laced a single right back up the middle to bring Urban around to score and the Bonnies had gone from down 2-0 to up 3-2 in a matter of two pitches.

From there, head coach Larry Sudbrook handed the ball over to Revello, who surrendered a base knock and hit a SLU batter, but was able to work around both to earn his second save of the season.

Crane was brilliant as the junior pitched a career-high eight innings in scattering seven hits and allowing just those two earned runs. He also struck out four while walking just one in tossing 112 pitches.

Smith was credited with a no-decision, and Parker took the loss. Parker entered the game as Saint Louis's single-season saves leader with six so far this year, but the Bonnies handed him his first loss of the campaign.

Steinbach went 2-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight before it was snapped in the second game. With his 2-RBI double, Urban padded his team-leading RBI total to 24.

St. Bonaventure returns to action at home on Wednesday for a scheduled doubleheader against Little Three rival Canisius beginning at 2 p.m.