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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Junior transfer Mark Hutmacher came off the bench in the second game and delivered the first two hits of his season to lead the St. Bonaventure baseball team (6-12, 1-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) to a doubleheader split in its home-opening games against Butler (12-11, 4-1 A-10) Saturday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
After dropping the first game of the day, 9-6, the Bonnies received a pinch-hit RBI single and three-run home run in Hutmacher's only two at bats en route to an 8-3 victory in game two. Senior Jason Radwan added four hits over the two games to keep his batting average over .400 for the year (.412), and Joel Rosencrance went 3-4 in game two as SBU stopped a four-game losing streak.
Andrew Revello got the start for Bonaventure in the second game and ran into trouble, starting with a two-out walk in the 2nd inning. Butler only scored one run to take a 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs left the bases loaded.
The Bonnies broke out in the 4th inning with four runs, three coming with two outs following a catcher's interference call with Nick Lohrer at the plate. The first run scored on Thaddeus Johnson's single through the left side. Then with two outs, SBU put together three straight singles from Jonathon Diaz, Eric Jutca and Radwan to extend to a 4-1 lead.
That three-run lead was short-lived, however, as Butler got two runs back in the 5th after Revello walked the leadoff man and surrendered a home run to the next batter to make it a 4-3 Bona cushion. SBU got one of those tallies back in the bottom of the frame as Hutmacher sent the first pitch he saw past a drawn-in Butler infield.
Hutmacher, a native of Colorado, then redirected a hanging curve ball over the left-field fence in the 7th inning to give Bona reliever Asa Johnson a five-run lead to work with.
Revello (2-3) earned the win as he pitched 7 innings, scattered six hits, struck out four, walked three and allowed just three runs. Johnson pitched a flawless two innings, not allowing a single batter to reach, while striking out two and is expected to be available for Sunday's series finale.
In game one, Butler raced out to an 8-0 lead after 7 innings before the Bonnies fought back for two runs in the 7th and four more in the 8th, but fell short.
Radwan led a quartet of Bonaventure multi-hit performances in the opening game with a 3-5 effort and a run scored. T. Johnson (2-5, 1 run), Justin Brozick (2-5, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Michael Meredith (2-4, 2 RBI) each had two hits for the Bonnies.
After Bona starter Eddie Gray hit his third batter through the first 3.1 innings of work, Butler got on the board first with a home run to left field by the Bulldogs' No. 9 batter to give the Indianapolis-based school a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning. The league newcomers added to that total in the 5th as Patrick Guinane, the 8th hitter in the BU lineup, delivered a two-out, two-run triple into the left-center gap to extend the Butler lead to 4-0.
The Bulldogs added to that total in the 6th as they plated two runs for the third consecutive inning, stringing together three straight doubles off the SBU southpaw.
Gray (0-4) was relieved by freshman Ryan Winton after allowing the first two runners of the 7th inning to reach successfully, closing the book on the redshirt senior with eight runs allowed in 6+ innings of work, 11 hits against and four strike outs.
SBU got two of those runs back in the bottom of the 7th, started by a Brozick single to center. He advanced to third on an Austin Ingraham double to deep right center before he and Ingraham moved up a base on a balk. Ingraham then scored on a Bret Heath ground out to second base.
Butler added an unearned tally in the 8th to take a 9-2 lead before the Bonnies scored four in their in their portion of the 8th to make it 9-6. Shortstop Meredith had the big blow with a two-run double down the left-field line.
Winton pitched well in relief, allowing just two hits and one unearned run over his 3+ innings of work in which he struck out three and walked none.
St. Bonaventure and Butler conclude their series on Sunday with a 10 a.m. first pitch. Freshman Steven Klimek is scheduled to get the start on the mound for the Bonnies. The time was moved up from its original 12 p.m. start due to forecasted rain in the early afternoon.
GAME NOTES: The games were pushed back from their originally scheduled Thursday and Friday dates due to snow still remaining on the turf at McGraw-Jennings Field … catcher Nick Lohrer was robbed of his team-leading third home run of the year in the 7th inning of game one as the Butler left fielder reached just over the wall to bring the ball back; it would have made it a 8-4 game with one out in the 7th.
Hutmacher’s Clutch Hits Leads #Bonnies To Doubleheader Split
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