March 3, 2013

Offense Breaks Out, @BonniesBaseball Picks Up 16-3 Win

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team (3-5) pounded out 20 hits, seniors Jason Radwan and Billy Urban extended their impressive hitting streaks and the Bonnies cruised to a 16-3 win over Chicago State (0-9) Sunday afternoon.

Radwan went 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs as his hitting streak reached 22 straight games dating back to last year. Urban collected a team-best three hits in four at bats, driving in a game-high four runs and plating another two as he stretched his hitting streak to 16 in a row.

The Bonnies got a great starting effort from junior transfer Joel Rosencrance, who tossed eight innings, allowing just one earned run (three total), while walking one and striking out 10 for his first win of the year.

Eric Jutca went 3-5 with a double and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot as the senior continued his hot start to the year. Austin Ingraham (2-5), Rosencrance (2-5, 3 RBI) and Brian Weightman (2-5, 2 RBI) each collected multiple hits for the Bonnies, who had dropped their previous two games by one run each against each team's No. 1 starter.

Bonaventure jumped out to a fast start by plating three runs in the 1st inning, capped by a Weightman RBI single. The Bonnies extended to a 6-0 lead as they scored three more runs in the 3rd inning, with the major blow coming off the bat of Rosencrance, who delivered SBU's first home run of the year to right field.

Chicago State got all of its runs in the 3rd inning as it cut the Bona lead in half, 6-3. That score would remain intact until the Brown and White tallied another run in the 7th on an RBI single by Radwan. SBU then opened the flood gates in the 8th as it scored six runs in the frame on five hits.

Bona tacked on three more in the 9th, and two came off the bat of Justin Brozick (pictured) as the junior belted his second career home run over the left-field fence to conclude Bonaventure's best scoring output in nearly a year to the day (March 1, 2012) when it scored 20 runs against Mount St. Mary's.

St. Bonaventure returns to action on Monday as it concludes its Florida trip with an early-morning game against Northeastern. First pitch is set for 10:30, with freshman Steven Klimek scheduled to start on the mound for the Bonnies.