Final Score: VCU 3 | St. Bonaventure 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 20-3 (3-0) | St. Bonaventure 4-12 (0-3)
St. Bonaventure Starters: T. Johnson (SS), Trimble (C), Dunn (DH), Bell (CF), Brozick (1B), Diaz (LF), Cox (3B), Styn (2B), Rosencrance (P)
VCU Starters: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Farrar (DH), Davis (2B), Marino (1B), Howie (P)
The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure baseball team led early on but fell in extra-innings to the VCU Rams on Sunday, March 23 at The Diamond in Richmond, Va. by a score 3-2. After never trailing in the game until the 10th inning, St. Bonaventure looked like they were going to steal one away but VCU had other plans. The Bonnies led until the bottom of the sixth, where the Rams tallied two runs to tie the game up. With three and a half scoreless innings in the books, VCU came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th. The Rams led the inning off with a double to right field. Quickly following the double was a sac-bunt to advance the runner to third. In an attempt for the double-play ball the Bonnies walked the next batter. With bases loaded, Tom Crimi drove the ball to left field but wasn't deep enough as the runner from third was thrown out at home, Crimi reached first on a fielder's choice. In the next at-bat, Joel Rosencrance, starting pitcher for the Bonnies, walked the runner on four straight pitches with bases loaded to end the game. This was the fifth-straight loss for St. Bonaventure, its second longest of the season.
How It Happened:
- St. Bonaventure took the early lead in the third from a Dylan Dunn single to right center to score Ryan Cox. The inning began with a lead-off single up the middle from Cox. After a sac-bunt by Tommy Styn to move over the runner, Thad Johnson grounded to the shortstop but reached first on a throwing error. Cox advanced to third on the throw. Two batters later, Dunn connected on a 1-2 pitch to earn his 17th RBI of the season.
- The Bonnies increased their lead in the fifth off of smart base running by Styn. He would be walked on four straight pitches. During the next at-bat, he stole second base and caused an error on the catcher that allowed him to reach third with no outs. Daniel Trimble knocked in Styn with a sac-fly to center field. After five innings, SBU led 2-0.
- The five inning scoreless drought would end for the Rams in the sixth as they tied the ballgame up off two hits. With a walk with only one out in the inning, Chris Ayers singled through the right side to advance the runner to third. In the next at-bat, Bill Cullen doubled down the right field line for VCU's first run of the game. Logan Farrar tacked on the second run for the Rams as he flew out to third base to score Ayers.
- In the top of the ninth, St. Bonaventure attempted to steal the sweep away from VCU as the lead-off man, Brian Weightman, singled through the right side on a 1-2 count. With a sac-bunt, he was pushed to second. Weightman then attempted to steal third base but was caught stealing and ending the Bonnies hopes.
- Despite leading the whole game, St. Bonaventure couldn't get anything started in extra-innings, which proved to be detrimental in their hopes of a victory as VCU rallied and earned a walk-off walk for their 20th victory of the season.
Inside The Box Score:
- The Bonnies starting pitcher, Joel Rosencrance threw a complete game and allowed three runs on ten hits. He tossed a total of 116 pitches, 76 of them were strikes. This loss gives him a record of 2-2 for the season.
- Six batters would record the six hits for St. Bonaventure on Sunday. The six players were: Trimble, Dunn, Weightman, Tyler Bell, Justin Brozick and Cox.
The Bonnies hit the road again on Wednesday, March 26 as they face off against Little 3 rival Canisius Golden Griffins. St. Bonaventure is 0-2 this season against Little 3 opponents. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.