Gray Great As Baseball Shuts Out Mount St. Mary’s
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Redshirt junior Eddie Gray pitched eight shutout innings as the St. Bonaventure baseball team (3-2) bounced back from a series-opening loss to Mount St. Mary's (1-5) with a 5-0 win on Wednesday.
Gray scattered six hits and struck out seven Mountaineers against just two walks as he worked with battery mate Nick Lohrer – catching for injured Michael Grieco – for the first time in his career. The eight complete innings mark just the fifth time the Pulaski, N.Y. product has gone that deep in a game, and is just the second time he has not allowed a run when throwing at least eight frames.
Junior Michael Meredith continued his hot start to the campaign with a 2-3 effort at the plate, including a pair of RBI. Junior Austin Ingraham, senior Ryan Skellie and sophomore Justin Brozick each collected a pair of hits to aid in the win.
Skellie got the Bonnies on the board in the 2nd with a two-out double down the left-field line to score Brozick, who had also reached on a two-out hit. The Brown and White added another run in the 4th after Ingraham went first-to-third on a Brozick single and scored on a subsequent wild pitch.
Looking for insurance runs late in the game, Bonaventure got three of them in top of the 8th – two off the bat of Meredith. The Alabama native singled in Ingraham and senior Nick Brennen, the latter of whom had been intentionally walked in an attempt to set up a double play. Bona's fifth and final run of the day came on freshman Derek Morgan's first career hit to score Brozick.
St. Bonaventure and the Mount return to action on Thursday in the third game of their four-game set. Redshirt senior Cael Johnson is expected to get the start for the Bonnies, and first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.