May 12, 2011

Dayton Swipes Two From St. Bonaventure

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.
– After taking game one of a doubleheader, 13-3, Dayton (28-22, 13-7 Atlantic 10 Conference) used a game-winning single in the 9th inning of game two to win, 7-6, and sweep the twinbill over St. Bonaventure (20-22, 10-10 A-10) Thursday afternoon.

Dayton's game-winning single resulted when a one-out walk came around to score. With a runner on third, a chopper to third base went off the glove of a leaping, drawn-in Alex Calderon and trickled into shallow left.

St. Bonaventure jumped on the board first in game two when Billy Urban extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI single up the middle to score Jamie Wallschlaeger from third. Urban's hitting streak is the longest by a Bonnie since Jesse Bosnik hit safely in 19 straight games last season. His streak is also the longest active stretch by anyone in the A-10.

Dayton responded with an unearned run in its portion of the 2nd as a throw down to third from catcher Michael Grieco got away from Calderon and trickled down the left-field line. The Flyers then took the lead off Bona starter Jordan Crane in the top of the 3rd with a two-out, three-run home run to left off the bat of catcher Danny Welch. The home run is just the second the right hander has allowed all year.

St. Bonaventure got one run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to two errors on one play by the Dayton third baseman. Urban grounded sharply to the hot corner, but Jimmy Roesinger booted the ball, and then threw short to the first baseman, allowing Urban to advance to second. Urban then moved to third on a wild pitch, and with the infield playing back, Calderon grounded out to the shortstop to plate Urban.

Dayton padded its cushion in the 6th when a ball back to the mound went off the glove of reliever Cael Johnson and trickled far enough away from the right hander to allow two runs to score to make it a 6-2 game.

The Bonnies tied the game in the bottom of the frame with a four-run outburst. With the bases loaded and one out, Grieco singled through the left side to plate Wallschlaeger to bring the Bonnies within three at 6-3. They got even closer when designated hitter Eric Jutca sent a seeing-eye single through the right side to bring home two runs and get the Bonnies within a run, 6-5. St. Bonaventure tied the game with freshman Justin Brozick's sacrifice fly to right to plate Grieco.

Johnson took the loss, despite giving up just that one unearned run. The redshirt junior struck out five while walking just one in his 3.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. Crane was credited with a no-decision. The junior threw 5.2 innings of six-run, five-earned, ball, while surrendering eight hits. Dayton's Mike Hauschild earned the win, his ninth of the year, by pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

In the first game, Dayton jumped out to an early lead in the top of the 1st when a leadoff double off Bona starter Andrew Revello came around to score on a fielder's choice ground out to short. The Flyers added to their lead in the top 3rd with a pair of runs to take a 3-0 lead.

A home run by C.J. Gillman leading off the 7th stretched the Flyer advantage to 4-0 before a bases-loaded walk by reliever Robert Nalepa allowed Dayton to plate its fifth run on the contest. The Flyers went on to score another five runs in the frame to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

The Bonnies got two runs back in the bottom of the 7th when Brozick served a 3-1 delivery down the right-field line for a triple to drive home Jutca, who had reached on a single to right. Center fielder Nick Brennen then sent a sacrifice fly to center to plate Brozick for the second Bona run of the game.

St. Bonaventure tallied another in the 8th when Grieco sent a jammed, bloop single into shallow left to plate Urban from second. Dayton responded with three runs in the top of the 9th to conclude the scoring.

Dayton starter Burny Mitchem threw eight complete innings en route to winning his seventh game of the year, six of which have come in league action.

The Flyers chased Revello after 5+ innings in which he surrendered three runs and scattered nine hits. The sophomore right hander walked four and was credited with the loss, his fifth of the campaign.

Dayton stole 12 bases in the doubleheader, while Grieco threw out four Flyers trying to steal.

Urban and Brozick both collected a pair of hits in the opener, while Wallschlaeger and Grieco each pounded out two hits in the nightcap.

The two teams are scheduled to be back in action on Friday at Noon to conclude the three-game set, weather permitting. St. Bonaventure is expected to send Eddie Gray to the mound, where he is scheduled to be opposed by Cameron Hobson.