April 27, 2011

Baseball Splits Rain-Shortened Doubleheader With Canisius

Game 1 PDF Box Score
Game 2 PDF Box Score

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. –
After dropping the first game of a doubleheader, 2-0, Wednesday against Little Three rival Canisius (18-21), St. Bonaventure (15-18) responded in a rain-shortened second game, 1-0, to split the twinbill at Fred Handler Park.

The second of the seven-inning games was called in the middle of the 5th inning due to severe thunderstorms.

The Bonnies picked up their only run of the entire afternoon in the 4th inning of the second game when sophomore Billy Urban – reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week – laced a two-out double to left. He plated classmate Jason Radwan, who had singled to the right-center gap before being advanced to second when first baseman Austin Ingraham was hit in the back by a pitch.

That was all the support Bona starter Nick Brennen would need as the left hander picked up his first win of the season in limiting the Golden Griffins to three hits over his five innings of work.

In game one, the two teams were scoreless into the 7th before Canisius broke the deadlock with a two-run top of the frame. Senior Jamie Wallschlaeger inherited a bases-loaded, no-out jam, and retired the first batter he faced. However, a subsequent single followed by a sacrifice fly to center gave the Griffs their 2-0 lead.

The Bonnies mounted a comeback effort in the bottom of the frame by loading the bases with one out, but a double play ground out ended the contest.

Sophomore Robert Nalepa started for the Bonnies, but was lifted after three innings in which he did not allow a hit, but walked three. Freshman Asa Johnson entered in relief and pitched three innings, but was saddled with loss after he loaded the bases in the 7th.

Canisius's Josh Marshall was credited with the win after hurling 2.2 innings of one-hit baseball. Chris Cox picked up his first save of the campaign despite getting into trouble in the bottom of the 7th.

Both teams collected just six hits in the contest – dispersed among 12 different batters on each side.

Urban and Ingraham both collected a hit in each game to stretch their hitting streaks to six games.

St. Bonaventure returns to action this weekend in a crucial three-game Atlantic 10 series at Xavier. Both the Bonnies and Musketeers enter with identical 6-6 conference marks, sitting just one game out of the sixth, and final, postseason spot with four weekends left.