Rhody Completes Series Sweep Of SBU With Shutout Win
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A six-run, two-out rally in the top of the 4th and a five-run 7th inning by Rhode Island (21-14, 9-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) proved too much for St. Bonaventure (13-15, 2-7 A-10) to overcome as the Rams swept the three-game series with a 13-0 win Sunday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
Rhode Island starter Sean Furney carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning before a line drive right back up the middle by Nick Brennen broke up the bid. The junior right hander shut down the A-10's best-hitting team, limiting Bonaventure to just two hits over his seven shutout innings. The Bonnies entered the game as the only team in the league hitting over .300, but that dropped from .303 to .296.
Senior right fielder Ryan Skellie and junior left fielder Eric Jutca picked up Bonaventure's lone other hits as the Bonnies were out-hit on the afternoon, 16-3.
Redshirt senior Cael Johnson (1-5) started for Bonaventure and took the loss, marking his fifth consecutive defeat. Johnson lasted just five innings, allowing six runs, walking four and striking out three.
The Frewsburg, N.Y. native has not won since starting the campaign with a victory in SBU's second game of the season Feb. 25 against Western Michigan. He was relieved by his younger brother, Asa Johnson, who tossed two innings and allowed seven runs, before giving way to junior Jason Radwan who threw two shutout frames.
Radwan saw his streak of reaching base safely in all 27 games this season come to an end in an 0-for-4 effort at plate. Radwan – who also had a mini six-game hitting streak halted – had reached base either via a hit or walk in every contest for the Bonnies this year.
The Bonnies allowed double-figure runs in each game of an A-10 series for the first time since the final set of the 2009 season, May 14-16, against Charlotte in which Bona lost two of three. URI scored 12 runs in each of the first two games of the series.
The game, originally scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start, began at 12:30 due to rain. The first three innings were played in light to moderate rainfall before skies cleared later in the game.
The Bonnies return to action on the road next weekend for a three-game A-10 series at George Washington. The set gets underway Friday at 4 p.m. from GW's recently renovated Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va.