April 27, 2013

Pitching, 3-Run 7th Inning Guide @BonniesBaseball To Victory

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. –
For the second straight day the St. Bonaventure baseball team (15-20, 5-9 Atlantic 10 Conference) received tremendous pitching as four Bona pitchers limited Dayton (9-30-1, 3-14 A-10) to just six hits as the Bonnies took the second game of the series Saturday afternoon, 5-1.

Redshirt senior Eddie Gray started, but lasted just 2.2 innings as the southpaw struggled with continued arm trouble. Dayton scored its lone run of the game in the 1st inning off Gray, and four of its hits came against Gray. Over the final 6.1 innings, the combination of Connor Grey, Ryan Winton and Asa Johnson stymied the UD bats to the tune of just two hits.

Winton (4-1) picked up his fourth win of the year – tying the freshman with Andrew Revello for the team lead in victories – and all four have come in relief. Winton allowed just one hit over his two innings of work in the 7th and 8th. Grey kept the Bonnies in the contest as they struggled to get their offense going early on. The freshman surrendered just one hit over 3.1 innings of work in which he threw only 34 pitches to get 10 outs.

At the plate, senior Jason Radwan recorded the ninth three-hit game of his stellar final season, going 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. Joel Rosencrance, Austin Ingraham and Thaddeus Johnson each added two hits for SBU, which stretched its season-best winning streak to four straight.

Trailing 1-0 entering the 4th inning, Ingraham's first home run of the season in the bottom of the frame tied the contest up. The game remained a 1-1 contest until the 7th inning, when the Brown and White plated three runs before tacking on an insurance tally in the 8th.

Radwan increased his Atlantic 10-leading batting average to .420 with his 19th multiple-hit game of the season and his final hit Saturday – a ground-rule double to left field – was the 60th base knock of the year in just 35 games. Ingraham's home run – a towering shot to right field on a 1-0 pitch – was just the ninth of the year for the entire Bona team.

This marks the fourth straight game that the Bona pitching staff has held its opponent to two runs or fewer, by far the best stretch of the year. After struggling early in the campaign, the Bonnies have now lowered their team ERA from 5.90 before the four-game stretch to 5.43 after Saturday's performance – the lowest it has been all season.

Dayton scored the opening run as it came out with an aggressive, first-pitch swinging approach in the 1st inning and threatened to tack on more in the 2nd as the Flyers had runners on second and third with no outs. However, Gray worked out of that jam with a pair of strike outs and a ground out before finding himself in another tight spot in the next inning.

Dayton loaded the bases, and after a ball went just foul which would have been a grand slam, Gray was lifted mid-at bat for Grey. The right hander escaped that situation, and through the first three innings UD left six runners on base and just one run to show for it.

That kept the door open for Bonaventure, which finally cashed in on Ingraham's round-tripper. After leaving the bases loaded in the 5th inning, Bona's loaded them again in the 7th after Urban singled home Radwan. Mark Hutmacher – who has shown the ability to drive in clutch runs in pinch-hit situations this year – earned an RBI the hard way by being hit by a pitch after fouling off two tough offerings. Catcher Nick Lohrer drove home the third run of the inning with a single to left. Radwan and Rosencrance then posted consecutive doubles in the 8th to the left-center and right-center gaps to complete the SBU scoring.

St. Bonaventure, which is now 6-1 at home, will try to complete the three-game series sweep of Dayton on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

GAME NOTES:
Prior to the game, head coach Larry Sudbrook was honored for his 600th career win, posted earlier this month … the Athletic Department presented him with a commemorative plaque, while the senior class gave him a bat with all the players' signatures carved into it and the Cleveland Indians – Sudbrook's favorite team – also gave  him a congratulatory plaque … Radwan and Ingraham scored four of Bona's five runs … one day after using just one pitcher, Dayton had six different pitchers Saturday, with only starter Joe Wahl throwing at least one complete inning.