DAVIDSON, N.C. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team dropped the opening two games of Atlantic 10 competition Saturday at Davidson's Wilson Field, each by matching 9-2 scores.
St. Bonaventure now stands 5-7 overall on the season while Davidson improves to 11-6 and 2-0 in A-10 play.
The stand out of the day for the Brown and White was junior shortstop Cole Peterson's 5-for-7 outing at the plate, doubling twice and also homering.
GAME ONE – Davidson 9, St. Bonaventure 2 | Box Score (PDF)
The first game of Atlantic 10 play took nearly 24 hours to complete following the suspension of Friday's game due to rain.
Davidson took a 4-1 lead into Saturday's action after breaking a 1-1 tie with a three-run fourth, the biggest blow coming when Tyler Agard roped a two-RBI double down the right field line to push the Wildcats ahead. Then, the rains came and forced the postponement of the rest of the game until the following day.
After play resumed Saturday afternoon, Agard struck again with another RBI double in the fifth. The Wildcats put the game out of reach with a three-run homer off the bat of Cam Johnson.
Brandon Schlimm (0-3) started and was charged with four runs in four innings, striking out two. Murphy O'Brien worked a scoreless inning and a third while Danny Urban struck out two in a scoreless eighth.
GAME TWO – Davidson 9, St. Bonaventure 2 | Box Score (PDF)
Unfortunately for the Bonnies, the second game ended with the exact same score as the first.
Again, it was trouble in the middle innings that broke the game open for the hosts.
Davidson took a 1-0 lead with a run in the second, but the Bonnies evened the score with a sac fly from David Vaccaro in the fourth.
That tie remained until the fifth when Davidson pushed across four runs, adding four more in the sixth to take command.
Peterson delivered two more hits, also scoring both runs for the Bonnies and driving in one with his first career home run, a drive down the right field line in the seventh.
Freshman Casey Vincent (1-2) ran into trouble in the middle innings, allowing six runs on eight hits over his five innings while striking out three. Donovan Moffat continued his strong work out of the bullpen by tossing a scoreless eighth.
Josh Smutzer improved to a perfect 4-0 on the hill for the Wildcats with his 5.1 innings of one-run ball while Austin Leonard tallied his first save of the year by allowing just one run in 3.2 innings of relief.
The Bonnies and Wildcats will finish their three-game set with a Sunday afternoon matinee at 1 p.m.
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