@BonniesBaseball Earns Series Sweep In Saturday Doubleheader
ATHENS, OHIO – The St. Bonaventure baseball team (4-8) earned a series sweep after defeating the Ohio Bobcats (4-12) in a doubleheader on Satruday, March 15 at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bonnies' offense would go on a scoring spree on Saturday as they registered a total of 38 runs in the two games. The Brown and White are now on a four-game winning streak, dating back to March 3 when they defeated Lehigh.
Game One: St. Bonaventure 24 | Ohio 6
In the first game, St. Bonaventure's offense erupted as it would go on to score 24 runs in the span of six innings. Despite Ohio getting out to an early three-run lead, SBU would begin its spree in the third as they scored three runs from a Tyler Bell homerun to score Dylan Dunn and Joel Rosencrance.
The Bobcats continued to claw in the bottom of the third by tacking on their fourth run of the game to retake the lead. Their lead would not last long, in the next frame, the Bonnies pushed across four runs to give themselves a three-run lead. Bell got things started once again as he singled to second base with bases-loaded that allowed Daniel Trimble to score. In the next at-bat, Brian Weightman singled to left field to score Rosencrance and Thad Johnson from third and second, respectively. To round out the inning, Ryan Cox reached first base on a throwing error by the shortstop, in which resulted in Bell scoring.
In a slow inning, St. Bonaventure recorded a run in the fifth inning from a Bell single to right field. Bell went on to tally a total six RBI through the game.
Ohio would get two runs back in the bottom of the fifth but St. Bona's would quickly respond by tacking on six runs in the top of the sixth from four hits. After Trimble and Johnson singled back-to-back to drive in two runs, Dunn walked with the bases-loaded to score Trimble. The Bobcats would go on to make a pitching change but SBU continued to apply pressure as it posted another three runs to extend its lead to eight runs.
In the final three innings, St. Bonaventure went on to score another 10 runs off of eight hits and three errors. Among those eight hits was a three-run homerun from Rosencrance.
The Bonnies finished the game with four new team-highs in the past five years as they appeared at the plate 54 times, that resulted in 24 runs, 23 RBI and 22 hits.
St. Bonaventure's pitching was as strong as their offense in the first game. Rosencrance earned his second win of the season after pitching six innings, only allowing six runs. Drew Teller would come in at the beginning of the seventh inning and allowed three hits in three innings of work.
Game Two: St. Bonaventure 14 | Ohio 3
In the second game, the Bonnies' bats stayed warmed in as SBU notched 14 runs on 17 hits. St. Bonaventure would only allow three runs as they went on to sweep the Bobcats.
St. Bonaventure earned its first run of the game in the second inning when Ryan Cox singled up the middle to score Joel Rosencrance from third. The Brown and White's bats would be calm for two innings before finishing the final 5 innings with 13 runs.
In the top of the fifth, Jonathan Diaz led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Only two batters later, Thad Johnson followed suit and doubled to left center to drive in Diaz. Johsnon would only be on the bases for two at-bats as Dylan Dunn registered a single up the middle. Rosencrance would knock his second of three doubles of the game in the fifth to score Dunn.
The Bonnies would tack on two more runs in the sixth. Despite grounding out into a double play, Tommy Styn drove in Weightman. In the next at-bat, Johnson singled up the middle to score Cox to extend the Brown and White's lead to four runs.
Dunn continued to impress as he would lead off the seventh inning with a homer to left-field. Dunn would go on to record a total of five RBI in game two and ultimately seven RBI on the day. He currently has 16 RBI on the season.
In the final two innings, St. Bonaventure posted seven runs on seven hits. Among those seven runs were two doubles from Rosencrance and Dunn to score three.
Starting pitcher, Asa Johnson, continued to dominate from the mound on the year as he threw eight innings today only allowing one earned run on eight hits. This season so far, A. Johnson has only allowed three earned runs in 20.1 innings pitched.
Sunday's game of St. Bonaventure against Ohio was cancelled due to oncoming weather. The Brown and White will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 18 as they welcome Little 3 rival Niagara to Fred Handler Park.