Gray Strikes Out 7, Bonnies Defeat Fordham, 12-0

Eddie Gray
Eddie Gray

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure baseball team (10-9, 2-2) defeated A-10 rival Fordham (9-17, 1-3) 12-0 Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.

Redshirt junior Eddie Gray (3-1) dominated the mound this afternoon. He went seven innings, giving up no runs on two hits, striking out seven and walking two. The two hits he allowed was a personal best through seven innings. Not usually known for striking out batters, Gray struck out five of the first six batters and at one point retired five straight.  

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Bonnies offence, highlighted by RBI doubles by senior Mike Grieco and junior Eric Jutca and two Fordham errors, exploded for nine runs.

Sophomore Justin Brozik walked to start the inning. Junior Michael Meredith advanced him to second on a single. Grieco walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Jutca, with his first extra base hit this season, doubled in Brozik and Meredith to give the Bonnies a 2-0 lead with no outs. Later in the inning, Grieco hit a bases clearing double to put an exclamation point on the inning. At the end of the inning, the Bonnies scored nine runs on six hits.

Rams starter, Daniel Munday (1-2) was chased with no outs in the bottom of the third. He gave up seven runs on four hits.

The Bonnies took a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when senior Ryan Skellie led the inning off with a stand up double to the center field wall, he later scored on a force out by Meredith.

The Bonnies continued to add runs, taking a 12-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Freshman Cameron Carney entered the game in the top of the eighth and struck out the side. Six of his nine outs this season have been strikeouts. Freshman Zachary Edwards pitched a perfect ninth.  

The Bonnies return to the diamond tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. to take on the Rams in the second game of the series.