March 16, 2013

@BonniesBaseball Stops Three-Game Skid, Splits Doubleheader

WILSON, N.C. – After losing its fourth one-run game of the season in the opening contest of a doubleheader with Rider, 4-3, St. Bonaventure (4-8) responded with a one-run win, 6-5, in the second game to stop a three-game losing streak and split a Saturday doubleheader with the Broncs (8-5).

Jason Radwan went 4-6 for the day, including 3-3 in the second game, to lead the Bona offensive attack. Billy Urban and Nick Lohrer (pictured) each added two-run home runs – Urban's representing the game-winner in the second contest and Lohrer's tied game one at 3-3.

In game one, the Bonnies opened up a four-run lead in the 2nd inning with a pair of clutch hits. Radwan delivered a full-count, two-out, two-RBI single up the middle to score Josh Martin and Jonathan Diaz. After Urban drew a walk to reload the bases, Justin Brozick sent a one-hop double off the left-field wall to score two more and give starter Steven Klimek a 4-0 lead.

Rider got two back in the top of the 4th off Klimek, but it could have been worse if not for an inning-ending diving catch in center field on a sinking line drive by Jonathan Diaz.

Bonaventure got those two runs back in the bottom of inning as Radwan lined another full-count, two-out offering to right field for a single before Urban delivered a monster two-run home run over the left field fence on the first pitch he saw.

That was all the run support Klimek would need as he came back out for the 5th inning and tossed a 1-2-3 frame. Nearing 100 pitches through those five innings, the freshman was relieved by Joel Rosencrance, but not before picking up his first collegiate win in just his second start. The Rochester native scattered three hits, struck out four, walked three and allowed two earned runs to move to 1-1 on the young season.

Urban eventually moved to the mound from third base to close the game out for Rosencrance in the 9th. Rider scored three runs to move the score to 6-5 in the 9th before Urban induced a game-ending fielder's choice ground out to Thad Johnson at short with the bases loaded.

In game one, the bottom of the Bonaventure lineup did some major damage as Lohrer and Johnson went a combined 4-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Austin Ingraham also collected multiple hits with a 2-4 effort at the plate, and Radwan added the lone other SBU hit.

A leadoff walk was one of two runs which came around to score in the bottom of 1st as Rider took a 2-0 lead off three hits. The Broncs added another tally in the 2nd to build a 3-0 lead before the Bonnies responded with their first run of the game in the top of the 3rd on a Radwan RBI single up the middle to plate Johnson, who also reached on a out-single up the middle.

The Bonnies tied the game at 3-3 in the 4th inning as Rosencrance worked his second one-out walk of the game and scored on Lohrer's first home run to left field. However, Rider reclaimed the lead, 4-3, in its portion of the 4th, and the Bonnies had a good opportunity to answer in the 5th as the first two runners reached, but were unable to score.

From there, the Broncs bullpen shut down the Bona lineup as three pitchers combined for three shutout innings, scattering three hits over those frames. Bona starter Andrew Revello (1-2) allowed two runs in the 1st inning and another in the 3rd, but settled down and pitched all six innings, was credited for three earned runs, allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked three.

The two teams return to action on Sunday for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. – not the original 1 p.m. time – with junior Asa Johnson getting the start on the mound for the Brown and White.

GAME NOTES: Rider served as the home team for game one and the Bonnies served as the host institution for the second contest.