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THE BRONX – The St. Bonaventure baseball team (20-28, 9-15 Atlantic 10 Conference) scored all nine of its runs in two innings and received a complete-game effort from Asa Johnson en route to a season-ending 9-1 victory over Fordham (22-33, 8-16 A-10) Friday afternoon at Houlihan Park.
The Bonnies scored four runs in the 3rd inning and five in the 6th to win their season finale for the fourth time in the last five years. Eight of SBU's 11 hits for the game came in those two innings.
On the mound, junior Johnson (2-1) turned in his second career complete game, scattering nine hits over his nine innings of work and not allowing a single walk. After surrendering an unearned run in the 1st inning, the right hander stymied the Rams' bats on his way to his best pitching performance in the Brown and White. Johnson (pictured) struck out three and did not allow an extra-base hit in lowering his ERA from 4.60 entering the game to 4.00 to end the year.
Joel Rosencrance (pictured), Billy Urban and Michael Meredith each had two hits for the Brown and White, with Rosencrance delivering his team-leading fourth home run of the year and finishing with four RBI. Eric Jutca went 1-4, but drove in a career-high three runs – the same amount the leadoff hitter had in the previous 17 games combined.
Senior Jason Radwan went 1-4 with two runs scored, capping one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the program. The second baseman finishes the year with 75 hits – the third-highest single-season total ever – and his .405 batting average will conclude the year far and away as the best in the A-10 and rank in the top-10 nationally.
Senior Nick Lohrer set the table for the big 3rd inning by working an eight-pitch leadoff walk. After Meredith reached on an error, Jonathan Diaz grounded out with the infield playing back to tie the game at 1-1. Jutca followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Meredith. Radwan tripled and scored on Rosencrance's first-pitch single through the right side to give SBU a 3-1 edge. The 3rd-inning scoring concluded on an Austin Ingraham single to left center to bring Rosencrance around with the fourth run of the contest.
In the 6th, Thad Johnson led off the frame with a double down the left-field line and scored the first run of the inning on a Jutca single to center, which also brought around Meredith from second. Rosencrance then completed the scoring and put the game out of reach with a first-pitch three-run homer to right which scored Radwan and Jutca.
Rosencrance, a junior transfer, heads into the offseason on an offensive tear. Over the course of SBU's five games this week – including a pair of 7-inning contests as part of a doubleheader – the 6-5 lefty-swinging Rosencrance went 7-17 (.412) with 11 RBI, four runs scored, two home runs, two doubles and three walks.
With the win, St. Bonaventure wraps up its 19th season of 20 or more victories under head coach Larry Sudbrook, including three in a row and 15 of the last 16. The Bonnies lose nine seniors to graduation, but will return all three of its final weekend starters – Johnson, Rosencrance and Andrew Revello.