Radwan Leads Bonnies to Doubleheader Sweep of Bulls
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team (12-11), sparked by a Jason Radwan walk-off home run in the bottom of the 8th inning of game one, swept a doubleheader against the University at Buffalo Bulls (7-16) Tuesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park, winning game one, 7-6, and game two, 8-4, in seven innings.
Radwan went 4-6 on the day with four runs scored and three RBI, including his first home run of the season. His batting average jumped 23 points, from .286 entering the doubleheader to .309 following both games, and he also picked up the win on the mound in game one. Radwan is one of now five Bona players hitting above .300, as SBU leads the Atlantic 10 in batting average at .306.
After picking a runner off to conclude the top of the 8th in game one, Radwan (2-2) led off the bottom of the 8th by drilling a 2-1 offering over the left-field wall for the game-winner.
Redshirt junior Eddie Gray, starting on three days rest, picked up right where he left off Friday afternoon. On 106 pitches, Gray went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three as part of a no-decision after the Bonnies allowed the Bulls to score four runs in the 7th to tie the game.
The Bonnies didn't take long to get on the board. With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, senior Ryan Skellie singled to left field to score classmate Nick Brennen, who led the game off with a walk. Senior Michael Grieco then singled in Radwan to give the Bonnies a 2-0 lead.
Buffalo cut the lead in half in the top of the 3rd inning, making it a 2-1 game, but the Bonnies added two runs in the 3rd, one run in the 4th and another run in the 6th.
In game two, Bona starter freshman Zachary Edwards (1-0) pitched four innings, giving up one run on six hits, walking one and striking out two to pick up his first career win. Freshman Cameron Carney entered the game in the 5th and closed out the contest giving up three runs.
The Bonnies started game two off just as they did game one, pushing across two runs on a triple in the 1st inning by junior Austin Ingraham. He then scored on wild pitch, giving SBU a 3-0 lead after just one inning.
Radwan also picked up right where he left off in game one as he doubled home sophomore Justin Brozick in the 3rd inning. Brennen then scored on a sacrifice fly by Billy Urban to give the Bonnies a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 5th, Skellie hit a two-run home run to left field to increase the Bonnies lead to 7-1. The Bonnies added another run to give them an 8-1 lead.
UB picked up two runs in the top of the and on run on a home run in the top of the 7th to cut the lead in half. The Bulls, however, wouldn't score again.
The Bonnies have now won four straight games against rival UB, dating back to last season.
Bonaventure travels to Niagara next Tuesday to take on the Purple Eagles in a doubleheader. A-10 play returns to Fred Handler Park for a three-game series next weekend against Rhode Island.