PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Seniors Jason Radwan and Eric Jutca both posted career days at the plate and on the base paths to lead St. Bonaventure (2-3) to a 9-7 victory over Mount St. Mary's (3-5) Thursday afternoon in the de facto rubber game of the three-game midweek series.
Radwan went 5-6 with a pair of doubles – with only a 9th-inning fly out preventing him from a perfect day – as the Angola, N.Y. product tallied a career-best five hits and increased his averaged to a paltry .542 with 13 hits in his first 24 at bats to begin his final campaign in the Brown and White. The second baseman, who scored a run and added two RBI, also extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games dating back to last season.
Jutca scored a career-high five runs and also finished one hit shy of tying his career best with a 3-3 performance at the plate out of the leadoff spot. He also added a pair of walks and drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.
The top of the Bona lineup provided the majority of SBU's offense for the day as hitters 1-4 went a combined 12-18, with Jutca and Radwan teaming up to go 8-9 at the top of the order. Austin Ingraham went 2-5 with three RBI batting third, and Billy Urban extended his hitting streak to 13 consecutive was a 2-4 performance with two RBI out of the cleanup spot. Catcher Nick Lohrer added three hits in five at bats, scoring two runs and adding an RBI out of the 8th spot in head coach Larry Sudbrook's lineup.
Bonaventure took a 1-0 lead in top of the 1st on an Urban single, but for the fourth time in five games while on its Florida trip the Bonnies surrendered multiple runs in the opening inning as Mount St. Mary's got to Bona starter Andrew Revello for three runs in the bottom of the frame.
However, SBU was able to get the runs back as it countered with three of its own in the 2nd inning, capped with an Ingraham two-RBI single. Bonaventure added another run in the 3rd on a Lohrer base knock to take a 5-3 lead. After the Mountaineers plated one in the bottom of the 3rd to pull back within a run, the Bonnies once again answered with an Ingraham RBI single.
SBU tacked on a run in the 6th, 8th and 9th innings to take a 9-4 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Urban then moved from his defensive position at third base to the mound, but struggled closing the game out as The Mount plated three runs before the senior was able to get the final out with runners on second and third base.
Revello (1-1) earned the win as he settled down following his rough 1st inning and only allowed one more run the rest of the contest as the right hander scattered nine hits over his six innings of work. The redshirt junior walked five, but struck out a career-high-tying eight before giving way to freshman Connor Grey. Grey tossed a great two innings, allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out one in preserving the Bona lead throughout the 7th and 8th innings.
The Bonnies and Mountaineers split the first two games of their "series" on Monday and Tuesday, with SBU winning the first and The Mount taking the second meeting.
St. Bonaventure returns to action looking to even its record at .500 on Friday against Air Force. Redshirt senior Eddie Gray will look for his first win of the season as the southpaw will start on the mount for the Bonnies after being credited with a no decision his last time out. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.