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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The St. Bonaventure University baseball team could not overcome an early onslaught from Eastern Michigan and dropped its 2017 opener, 12-7, on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Snowbird Classic.
Eastern Michigan (2-4), playing its sixth game of the year, unloaded for six runs in the first inning, adding two more in each the second and third innings to set the tone.
St. Bonaventure tried to rally, getting on the scoreboard with a run scoring via a wild pitch in the third and another Bonnies runner coming home on an RBI double off the bat of Aaron Phillips in the fourth.
After an unearned run came home for Bona in the seventh, the Bonnies scored four times in the ninth to make things interesting.
David Vaccaro drilled a three-run homer and Cole Peterson tacked on a run-scoring single. The Eagles were forced to make a call to the bullpen with two on and two out before a strikeout ended the threat.
Peterson went 3-for-6 with Phillips and Tommy LaCongo each having two of Bona's 12 total hits on the day.
It was a rough first outing for Bonnies ace Brandon Schlimm who was tacked with the loss after throwing five innings. James Wetter and Donovan Moffat both made their Bonnies debuts out of the bullpen and combined for two scoreless innings of relief. Danny Madden also made his first appearance on the hill for the Brown and White, striking out one while allowing a run in the eighth.
Four Eastern Michigan players drove in two runs apiece and starter Brent Mattson was credited with the win after allowing two earned runs in his five innings of work.
St. Bonaventure has two more games remaining at the Snowbird Classic, playing Dartmouth Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and then again Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
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