April 17, 2013

@BonniesBaseball Secures Midweek Road Win At Binghamton, 4-2

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. –
Behind three hits from senior Jason Radwan and a pair of RBI base knocks from classmate Eric Jutca, the St. Bonaventure baseball team (11-17) picked up a road win at Binghamton (17-13) Tuesday afternoon, 4-2.

Radwan reached base in all four of his at bats, pounding out two doubles, a single and a hit by a pitch to go 3-4 and push his top-10 national batting average to a robust .426, which now rests as the 7th-best clip in the country. Jutca went 2-5 as he and Radwan accounted for five of SBU's seven hits. Billy Urban (1-3, 1 run) and Jonathan Diaz (1-4) added Bonaventure's other two hits on the day.

The Bonnies opened the scoring first in the 3rd inning when Radwan doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Bearcats got that run back in the 4th inning when Jake Thomas – who leads the nation in on-base percentage – delivered a solo home run off Steven Klimek.

Bonaventure responded in the next inning when Jutca doubled home Urban, who had reached on a walk. However, BU once again answered with a run, this time in the bottom of the frame to knot things back up at 2-2.

The score remained tied into the 8th until the Bonnies played small ball to plate the game-winning run. Michael Meredith led off the inning with a walk before being moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Nick Lohrer. After Brian Weightman advanced Meredith one more base on a ground out, the shortstop tallied the third run of the game on a wild pitch. SBU would tack on an insurance run in the top of the 9th when Jutca drove home his second run of the contest, plating Radwan for the second time.

Eddie Gray started for the Brown and White, but as scheduled only threw the 1st inning as the left hander made his first appearance since March 30 against Butler as he recovers from an injury. The redshirt senior allowed one hit, struck out one and walked another before giving way to freshman Klimek, who guided the Bonnies for four innings, allowing just two runs, striking out four and walking two.

Fellow freshman Ryan Winton (2-1) relieved Klimek and tossed the final three innings, scattering three hits while keeping the Bearcats off the scoreboard en route to picking up his second victory of the season. Urban moved from third base to the mound for the 9th inning, and the hard-throwing right hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to earn his team-leading third save of the season.

St. Bonaventure returns to Atlantic 10 Conference action this weekend at first-place Saint Louis for a three-game series. The Billikens are 8-1 in league play, and the three games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.