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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The baseball team (17-20) plated seven runs in bottom of the 3rd inning on Wednesday afternoon to cruise to an 8-1 nonconference win over Cleveland State (9-34) at Fred Handler Park.
Cleveland State jumped out to a 1-0 lead following the top of the 1st off Bona starter Nick Brennen after a lead-off single came around to score on a fielder's choice ground out.
Looking for an answer in the bottom of the frame, the Bonnies loaded the bases with one out, but on a Michael Grieco fly out to shallow center, Eric Jutca was also gunned down trying to score for the final out of the inning.
St. Bonaventure responded with its massive 3rd inning to take control the game. It started with a Ryan Mosher single up the middle before he advanced to third on a Brad Steinbach single to right-center. Steinbach then stole his team-leading 17th base of the year by swiping second. Jutca moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice fly to center for his sixth RBI of the season.
The Bonnies broke the deadlock when sophomore Jason Radwan doubled to the left-field wall to plate Steinbach with his club-high 26th run scored of the campaign. After a wild pitch advanced Radwan to third, Urban drove his classmate home with a sacrifice fly to the left-field warning track to give the Bonnies a 3-1 lead.
With the bases clear and two outs, St. Bonaventure started its game-altering stretch with solo home run from Grieco – his team-high third of the year. Right fielder Austin Ingraham then laced a single to left and stole his fifth base of the docket by taking second. Freshman Justin Brozick and Brennen both followed with walks to load the bases for the man who started the inning, Mosher.
The shortstop drove in a run the hard way when he took a first-pitch fastball from CSU starter Chris Ward off the back of his helmet. Steinbach then followed with a two-RBI single past the third baseman to complete the Bona scoring in the frame.
St. Bonaventure added an unearned run in the 5th when Jamie Wallschlaeger slapped an 0-2 delivery from reliever Brian Lehto through the left side to plate Brennen, who had advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt.
Brennen scattered three hits in his three innings of work, surrendering just that one earned run. The left hander struck out three of the 13 batters he faced while walking just one. He was relieved by Robert Nalepa, who earned his fourth win of the campaign by pitching three shutout innings while also scattering three Viking hits.
Ward (0-3) was lifted after 3.2 innings in which he surrendered seven earned runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out four.
Steinbach finished the day 3-for-5, while Ingraham went 2-for-4. Urban used a 1-for-3 outing to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games.
St. Bonaventure returns to action this weekend in Philadelphia for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference set against Temple. Game one of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday against the Owls.