May 14, 2013

#Bonnies Use Offensive Outburst To Split Doubleheader With UB

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BUFFALO, N.Y. –
The St. Bonaventure baseball team (19-26) started fast in both games of a Tuesday doubleheader at the University at Buffalo (30-21), but split the two contests at Amherst Audubon Field, losing game one, 6-3, and over-powering the Bulls in game two, 10-2.

In that second game, Bonaventure scored four runs in the 1st inning and three more in the 2nd to open up an insurmountable 7-1 advantage. SBU started the first game nearly the same way with two runs in the 1st inning, but a five-run 4th inning by Buffalo was too much for the Bonnies to overcome.

Austin Ingraham posted five hits over the two games, including two doubles in the second contest. Billy Urban had two hits and two RBI in both games, and Joel Rosencrance finished with a career-high five RBI in game two in a 3-4 effort, including his team-leading third home run of the season. Freshman Thad Johnson continued his hot hitting with his second home run of the year in the first game and added another hit in the second.

Urban now has 157 career RBI, surpassing Joe Rizzo's 154 total and moving into sole possession of second place in program history. Classmate Jason Radwan went 1-3 in game one and 2-3 with three runs scored in game two to bring his season hit total to 72. The second baseman is just the third player in Bona history with 70 or more hits in a single campaign.

After starting his redshirt senior season with six straight losses, Eddie Gray finally picked up his first victory of the year in game two as he started and went two innings, allowing one run and two hits before giving way to three other pitchers – Connor Grey, Ryan Winton and Urban. The trio combined for five innings of work, allowing just one run and only one hit. Winton was especially impressive, setting down all six of the batters he faced, four on strike outs.

In game two, Bonaventure put together a string of four straight hits in the 1st inning, started with a Rosencrance RBI double and capped on a Johnson RBI single. After the Bulls tallied one run in the bottom of the 1st, the SBU scoring continued in the 2nd, this time when it strung together three straight hits, ending on a three-run, first-pitch homer by Rosencrance over the right-center wall.

UB got one run back in the 4th, but the third big inning of the game for the Bonnies came in the 6th as they plated three runs, once again thanks to a stretch of three-straight hits – all RBI singles from Radwan, Rosencrance and Urban.

In game one, the Bonnies bookended their scoring with two runs in the 1st and another in the 7th, but left the bases loaded in their final at bat en route to dropping the opener. For the game, SBU out-hit UB, 7-5, but the five-run 4th inning by the Bulls was the difference.

Ingraham and Urban both had two hits for the Brown and White, while Urban was responsible for two of the three RBI. Johnson, Radwan and Alex Bell were responsible for SBU's other hits.

The Bonnies jumped on the board on the first pitch of the game, which Johnson deposited over the left-field wall. Later in the inning, Urban doubled home Radwan, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

After UB halved its deficit in the 3rd inning, the Bulls scored their five runs on four hits. Bona started its comeback in the 7th with three straight hits from Ingraham, Radwan and Urban, but the effort fell short.

Just three days after earning his first career win, freshman Drew Teller was credited with his first loss as all five of the UB runs in the 4th came off the right hander. Classmate Steven Klimek started and went three innings, allowing one hit and one run. Aaron Ballmer closed out the final two innings and did not allow a hit and struck out two in just his third appearance of the season.

St. Bonaventure concludes its season later this week at Fordham. Due to commencement ceremonies for Fordham on Saturday, the Bonnies and Rams will play a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at Noon and conclude the three-game series with a single contest on Friday at 12 p.m.