PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Senior Billy Urban drove in the game-winning run with an opposite-field single on Monday afternoon as St. Bonaventure (1-2) erased a three-run 9th-inning deficit to claim its first win of the season in dramatic fashion over Mount St. Mary's, 6-5.
Trailing 5-2 entering the 9th, the Bonnies started their rally with a one-out single by Michael Meredith. Freshman Thaddeus Johnson then drew a walk in a nine-pitch at bat before pinch hitter Mark Hutmacher reached on a fielder's choice to the shortstop to load the bases. Senior Eric Jutca followed with an infield single to short to plate Meredith.
SBU tied the game at 5-5 when the Mount St. Mary's shortstop misplayed Jason Radwan's ground ball, allowing both Johnson and pinch runner Tommy Styn to score. After Joel Rosencrance struck out, Urban (pictured) prevented the Bonnies from starting a season 0-3 for the first time since 2010 as he sent Nick Riley's offering into right field to plate Jutca with the winning run.
Following his performance at the plate in the top half of the inning, Urban moved from his defensive position at third base to the mound to close out the game in the bottom half. After being called for a balk to move the potential game-tying run to third base with two outs, the Cleveland native struck out the final Mount batter swinging to earn his fifth career save, and first since his freshman year in 2010.
Meredith was the lone Bona hitter with a multi-hit performance as the senior went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Radwan went 1-5, but the single extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games, dating back to last season when he ended the campaign on a 14-game stretch. Urban's lone hit of the day also extended his hitting streak to 11 straight, dating back to an eight-game close to last season.
Freshman Ryan Winton (1-0) picked up his first win in the Brown and White as he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief bridging the 7th and 8th innings, allowing two hits and striking out one. Junior Asa Johnson started and left with a no-decision after scattering eight hits over his 5.1 innings of work. Johnson allowed three earned runs, struck out four and walked four. Connor Grey inherited a bases-loaded jam from Johnson in the 6th, but the freshman got out of it with a 6-4-3 inning-ending double-play ball. Grey went on to toss 2/3 of an inning more, allowing two earned runs and walking one.
Mount St. Mary's (2-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and added another in the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead before Bona responded in the 5th with a pair of runs. Meredith drove home Austin Ingraham – who had led off the frame with a double – with a single. Freshman Josh Martin, who made his first start of the year behind the plate for the Bonnies, then hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate T. Johnson, who reached via a hit by pitch. The Mountaineers added two more runs in the 7th before Bonaventure rallied in the 9th.
The two teams will be back in action against each other again on Tuesday afternoon at 1.