ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team split a doubleheader series against Buffalo on Tuesday, April 1 at Fred Handler Parker. The Bonnies fell behind early in the first game and suffered their eighth-straight lost by a score of 4-3. In game two, St. Bonaventure earned its first win since March 15 as they scored four runs in the first inning to claim its 6-4 victory.
Game One: Buffalo 4 | St. Bonaventure 3
St. Bonaventure entered today's doubleheader with a 4-15 record and haven't been able to chalk up one in the win column since its offensive outburst in Ohio. The day would begin like it has in the past as the Bulls jumped out to an early three-run lead after scoring in three consecutive innings. The Bonnies attempted a comeback but was halted by the Bulls in the seventh inning as they earned what would be the game-winning run.
The Buffalo Bulls came out with pressure in the first inning on the Bonnies' pitching staff as they tallied a single up the middle, right past Connor Grey's head. After a ground out to advance the runner to second, Grey went on to walk two-straight batters. With bases loaded, Vinny Mallaro successfully converted on a sac-fly to left field to score Jimmy Topps from third.
Buffalo continued to push runs across in the following two innings, both of them coming off singles. With two outs in the inning, Grey walked Michael Scarcello, which proved to be costly as he came around to score from a Topps' single to the outfield in the next at-bat. In the next inning, Nick Sinay laid down a bunt that resulted in a single. Sinay advanced to third base after a throwing error on Grey as he attempted to pick-off Sinay at first. During the next at-bat, Michael Burke singled to right field to drive in Sinay for an early three-run lead.
St. Bonaventure attempted a comeback in the fourth and fifth inning, when it earned three runs in the two innings. In the fourth inning, Jonathan Diaz entered the batter's box with runners on third and second. Diaz went on to single, allowing Tyler Bell and Daniel Trimble to cut the lead to only one run. The Bonnies tied the ballgame up at three in the fifth from a Joel Rosencrance double to right field to score Jared Baldinelli.
Buffalo closed out the game in the top of the seventh inning after a Sinay single to center field to score Matt Pollock from third base with two-outs. Despite earning two singles in the next frame the Bonnies would strike out on rallying and fall to the Bulls, 4-3.
Game Two: St. Bonaventure 6 | Buffalo 4
Game two began all-too-familiar for the Bonnies as they surrendered three runs in the first inning but the Brown and White's hopes were lifted as they connected on two homeruns in back-to-back innings end their eight-game skid. St. Bonaventure posted six runs in the first three innings, while Buffalo posted three in the first inning. The Bulls would scare St. Bonaventure in the top of the seventh but a clutch double-play was completed to claim the 6-4 win.
Entering the bottom of the first inning, Buffalo would be sporting a 3-0 lead. With the first three batters the Bulls' pitcher faced, all getting on base, Brian Weightman chipped away at their lead by singling through the infield that scored Thad Johnson from third. Two batters later, Bret Heath connected on a 3-2 pitch and cleared it over the left-field fence to give the Bonnies a 4-3 lead after one.
The Bonnies bat's continued to stay warm as they registered two more runs in the next two innings. In the second, Justin Brozick singled to right field as Tommy Styn scored from second base. At the top of the third, Weightman led off the inning with a solo homerun to left field.
The Bonnies, 6-3 lead, remained until the seventh inning, where the Bulls attempted to steal the game away from the Brown and White. With two singles in a row and a walk, Buffalo had bases loaded with only one out. In the next at-bat, Sinay singled to left field to advance the runners and scoring Chris Kwitzer. After changing from Thad Johnson on the mound to Asa Johnson, Johsnon faced only a single batter and forced him into grounding out in a 5-4-3 double play. This victory was the fifth of the season for the Bonnies.
The Bonnies are back at it this weekend at Fred Handler Park as they take on Atlantic 10 foe, St. Louis Billikens for a three-game series. First game is set for Friday, April 4 at 3 PM.