April 13, 2013

@BonniesBaseball Settles For Doubleheader Split At UMass

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AMHERST, Mass. –
After a dramatic end to a victorious game one of a doubleheader at Massachusetts (6-18, 2-6 Atlantic 10 Conference) Saturday afternoon, 4-3, the St. Bonaventure baseball team (10-16, 3-5 A-10) fell short in the second contest, 9-3, to split the twin-bill.

In game one, the Bonnies carried a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning, but things immediately got dicey as the first two UMass batters reached safely – one on a leadoff error and the other on a four-pitch walk. That marked the end of Bona starter Andrew Revello's day, as he was relieved by freshman Connor Grey. Grey induced a sacrifice bunt, moving the tying run to third base and the potential winning tally to second.

After intentionally walking the next batter to load the bases, Grey got Vinny Scifo to line into a game-ending double play. Left fielder Eric Jutca started the play with a great throw to third baseman Billy Urban, whose relay to Nick Lohrer was perfect and the catcher blocked Zach Littman from reaching the plate to give the Bonnies a dramatic victory.

Revello (3-4) picked up his team-leading third win of the season by stymieing the Minutemen to the tune of just six hits over 8+ innings, striking out four and walking three. Grey picked up his first career save, the only pitcher aside from Billy Urban to record a save for the Bonnies this year.

Jutca, Austin Ingraham and Michael Meredith (pictured) each pounded out two hits, with Meredith recording two RBI and Ingraham with one.

The Bonnies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Meredith single to score Jutca. UMass tied the contest at 1-1 in the 4th, but the Bonnies responded with a pair of two-out runs in the 5th on RBI singles by Jason Radwan and Ingraham. The Minutemen got one run back in the bottom of the frame, but SBU tacked on its fourth and ultimate game-winning run of the contest in the 6th on doubles by Thaddeus Johnson and Meredith.

In game two, UMass scored three runs in the 3rd and two more in the 4th to take a 5-0 lead on the Bonnies and starter Asa Johnson. However, SBU quickly put a dent into that lead with a three-run 5th inning, capped by a Radwan two-out RBI double just inside the third-base bag.

However, those would be all the runs the Bonnies scored as the Minutemen plated the final four runs of the game over the 6th, 7th and 8th innings.

The Bonnies had eight hits in the second game, coming from eight different batters, including the first seven players in the lineup. Johnson (1-1) was credited with his first loss of the season as he allowed 11 hits and seven runs (five earned) over 6 innings of work. The right hander struck out four and walked just one. He was relieved by freshman Drew Teller, who tossed the final two innings and allowed two runs on three hits.

The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at Noon with freshman Steven Klimek expected to get the start on the mound for the Brown and White.