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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – For the third consecutive game, the St. Bonaventure baseball team went to its final at-bat against Maine.
After two heartbreaking defeats – in 10 innings Saturday and in 18 innings on Sunday – the Bonnies finally got some redemption, scoring a 4-3 win in walk-off fashion.
By comparison, Tuesday's game, which came after a day off when Monday's slated game was canceled due to the length of Sunday's marathon, was short. The finale didn't need extra innings, but it wasn't short on the drama.
St. Bonaventure (2-4) put together a three-run rally in the ninth to erase a 3-1 deficit, winning on a bases loaded Ryan MacCarrick single.
Trailing by two heading for the last of the ninth, Aaron Phillips started the uprising with a double to left. He was joined on base after Micah Riddick walked and Phillips would score when Maine pitcher Eddie Emerson threw away a sacrifice attempt by T.J. Baker. An intentional walk to Jared Baldinelli loaded the bases with no outs, setting the stage for Tommy LaCongo who tied the game with a long single off the fence in left. MacCarrick then drilled a hit over the head of the centerfielder to score Riddick with the game-winning run.
Maine (5-5) led 3-0 after plating two runs in the fourth along with another tally in the fifth before the Bonnies cracked through following a Baldinelli triple in the bottom of the fifth inning.
That score held until the ninth thanks in large part to a strong outing on the mound from Phillips. In his second start of the year, the junior worked seven innings while allowing just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts.
Roman Wild (1-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief as he surrendered just one base runner.
The move by head coach Larry Sudbrook to bump MacCarrick into the leadoff spot for the first time paid off with the junior transfer posting two hits along with the winning single. Baldinelli also went 2-for-3 with a walk while LaCongo drove in two runs.
The Bonnies are off until Thursday when they will take on Penn in Port St. Lucie.
- Wild picked up his first win with the Bonnies in his third appearance.
- MacCarrick had his second multi-hit game of the year.
- Baldinelli has a hit in all six games thus far, hitting a team-best .391.
- David Hollins had his five-game hitting streak snapped.
- Baker and David Vaccaro each had stolen bases with Baker's being his first with the Bonnies. Bona is now 13-for-15 in stolen base attempts this spring.
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