#Bonnies Complete Doubleheader Sweep On Hutmacher’s Walk-Off
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Behind Mark Hutmacher's pinch-hit, walk-off single, the St. Bonaventure baseball team (13-20) earned a doubleheader sweep over Bucknell (14-29) Tuesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park, winning game one, 10-1, and staving off a no-hit bit in the second game, 3-2.
In game two, Bucknell starter Xavier Hammond had a no-hitter going into the 7th and final inning of the game. After walking the leadoff hitter, Austin Ingraham, Hammond was faced with Jason Radwan, who has the nation's seventh-best batting average. However, the left hander struck out Radwan for the first out of the inning and looked destined to toss the no-no.
But Billy Urban had other plans as he sent an 0-1 offering from the sophomore into left-center field for a single and SBU's first hit of the game. Joel Rosencrance then pinch hit for Justin Brozick, and on the first pitch he saw delivered a game-tying double in an unconventional fashion.
The left-handed hitter made contact off the end of his bat, and the ball started out in foul territory up the third-base line. The ball began to gradually trickle back near fair territory, and the Bucknell third baseman backed off his charging attempt. However, the ball eventually hit the third-base bag and had enough momentum to careen down the left-field line and score Ingraham from second and Urban all the way from first.
Rosencrance's hit marked the end of the day for Hammond, who went from no-hitter to no-decision (at the time) in a span of just two batters. After Michael Meredith popped up for the second out and pinch hitter Eric Jutca was intentionally walked, Hutmacher laced a single into left field to plate pinch runner Tommy Styn with the winning run.
Not to be outdone by Hammond – who suffered his fifth loss of the season – was Steven Klimek, who tossed five shutout innings and allowed just two hits. The freshman was lifted after throwing 80 pitches for classmate Ryan Winton (3-1), who allowed two runs in the 6th inning, but was credited with the win, his team-leading third out of the bullpen.
In game one, Thaddeus Johnson went 1-2 with two walks and a career-best four RBI. Four other Bona hitters were responsible for the team's nine hits as Jutca (2-3, 2 runs, 1 walk), Radwan (2-4, 2 runs, 1 walk), Rosencrance (2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 walk) and Urban (2-4, 2 RBI, 1 run) each had two hits for the Brown and White.
Rosencrance (3-3) started on the mound for the Bonnies and stymied the Bucknell batters en route to picking up his third win of the season. The right hander allowed just one run and scattered six hits over his six innings of work in which he did walk anyone and struck out four. Freshman Aaron Ballmer tossed a scoreless 7th inning in just his second appearance of the year.
The Bonnies got on the board first with a pair of unearned runs in the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Bison. Bonaventure opened the game up in the 2nd inning with five runs, capped by a Johnson bases-clearing triple to right field. The freshman – who drew a bases-loaded walk in the 1st – had four RBI through the first two innings of game one, doubling his previous high in a game.
Bucknell got one run back in the 3rd before SBU tallied two more in the 5th on an Urban single and an Ingraham sacrifice fly. The 10 runs marked just the second time this year that Bonaventure has recorded double-figure runs, and it did so in just five innings. The other time came on March 3 as part of a 16-3 victory over Chicago State.
St. Bonaventure is scheduled to return to action at home again Wednesday with a single game against Big 4 rival University at Buffalo, pending weather. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., and any changes will be announced on Twitter @BonniesBaseball and GoBonnies.com.