Bonnies Baseball Blanks Penn For 4-0 Victory

Bonnies Baseball Blanks Penn For 4-0 Victory

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Five Bonnies pitchers combined to shut out Penn as the St. Bonaventure baseball team blanked the Quakers, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon.

Bonnies hitters delivered 12 hits, plating a run in the third and three in the fifth to support the strong pitching and pick up a second consecutive victory. The win improves Bona to 3-4 on the season.

Included in the strong pitching performance were three freshmen, including two who set the tone from the outset.

Danny Madden made his first collegiate start and tossed three shutout innings, striking out five while surrendering just two hits. Fellow frosh Murphy O'Brien followed and picked up his first career win with 4.1 innings of flawless work, fanning two.

O'Brien worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the Penn fifth and the third Bonnies freshman to come to the hill, Donovan Moffat also was able to put out a fire. Moffat entered the game in the eighth with runners at first and second before striking out the only batter he faced to help preserve the win.

T.J. Baker also picked up an out in the eighth and Roman Wild threw another goose egg on the scoreboard to finish the game with his ninth inning of work.

Ryan MacCarrick, who had a walk-off game-winner on Tuesday vs. Maine, drove home the first run of the game with his RBI single to center in the third, plating Matt Eastman who had previously doubled.

Bona found insurance in the fifth. Eastman again led off with a single to right, moving to third on a Cole Peterson base hit. Aaron Phillips plated Eastman with his base knock to left and Peterson came home on a David Hollins RBI single to right. Later in the inning, the Bonnies got a third run on a steal of home by Phillips.

Eastman, Peterson, Phillips and David Vaccaro all had two hits apiece for the Brown and White.

The Bonnies begin a three-game series with North Dakota State Friday at 12:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • Eastman picked up his first start of the year, manning first base. He delivered, posting his first career multi-hit game.
  • Penn left 16 men on-base.
  • Peterson and Phillips each had multi-hit afternoons for the third time this spring, best on the team.
  • Jared Baldinelli did not start, but made a pinch hit appearance later in the game. It was the first time this season he has not recorded a hit in a contest, snapping a six-game hitting streak.
  • O'Brien's 4.1 innings are a new career high in his third appearance. He threw three innings vs. Maine Sunday in relief.
  • MacCarrick batted leadoff for the second straight game, going 1-for-3 with a walk. 

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