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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A four-run eighth inning rally came up just short as Buffalo nipped the St. Bonaventure baseball team, 5-4, Tuesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
Nine Bonnies pitchers limited the Bulls to just two hits, but early offense thanks to walks and hit batters produced enough for UB to get by.
Buffalo (7-14) scored a run in the first, though it could have been much more after loading the bases with no outs. James Wetter was called upon out of the bullpen and picked up a soft liner at first base that turned into a double play after just one run came across.
Three more runs scored in the second on the aid of one hit – a two-out flare to shallow center from Brian Haefner to score two – for a 4-0 lead.
What ended up to be the winning run crossed the plate in the seventh following a Bonaventure throwing error.
The Bonnies (7-10) made things interesting in the eighth, however. After Bulls starter Brent Cleland was lifted for reliever Garett Simmons, the Bonnies awoke offensively. Ryan MacCarrick doubled to lead off, moving to third on an infield single by Cole Peterson. Another infield hit from David Hollins got the Bonnies on the board before David Vaccaro drilled a triple to right center field for a 5-3 score. One batter later, Aaron Phillips lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Vaccaro to make the game a one-run margin.
It would be as close as the Bonnies would get, though, as Bulls reliever Brian Vey set down the side in order in the ninth to end the game.
Peterson had a 3-for-4 day at the plate while Vaccaro also delivered a pair of hits.
Cleland (1-2) earned the win with his seven innings of scoreless ball, scattering five hits with just one walk while striking out seven.
Next up is a return to Atlantic 10 play as the Bonnies host Dayton for a three-game series beginning Friday at Fred Handler Park.
- Tuesday saw the debuts of Pulli, Jerge, Ben MacDonald and Garrett Strom. MacDonald caught the final two innings while Strom came in during the eighth as a pinch runner, scoring his first career run.
- Micah Riddick also made his first appearance on the mound with the Bonnies, allowing an unearned run in the seventh with a strikeout.
- Bonnies pitchers struck out 11 UB batters.
- Starter Danny Madden (0-2) was tagged with the loss after running into trouble in the first.
- Brad Gresock made his first start of the year behind the plate.
- Peterson had his ninth multi-hit game of the year, best on the team, along with his third three-hit day. He also moved into a tie for eighth in program history with his 42nd career stolen base, tying Tyler Bell.
- Vaccaro and Taishi Terashima each had their first triples of the season.
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