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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Behind an impressive pitching performance from junior Aaron Phillips, the St. Bonaventure baseball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 9-0 victory over Dayton Saturday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
The two teams battled through cold conditions after having the scheduled first game of the series postponed a day due to rain. Phillips showed no ill effects in the brisk temperatures, though, tossing eight shutout innings while matching his career high with seven strikeouts and improving to a perfect 4-0 on the hill this season.
St. Bonaventure (8-10, 3-4 Atlantic 10) led early, 2-0, behind second inning RBIs from Brad Gresock and Taishi Terashima. With runners at second and third, Gresock perfectly dragged a bunt down the first base line on a squeeze play for the game's first run before Terashima roped a single into right for the second.
A sacrifice fly from Jared Baldinelli made it a three-run lead after three innings before the Bonnies broke it open in the sixth.
Ryan MacCarrick delivered the first blow in the sixth inning, pounding a two-strike single up the middle to plate a pair of runs. Later in the inning, David Vaccaro stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, doubling to left center for two more runs as the Bonnies pushed four across in the frame.
From there, the Bonnies played tack on with two runs coming home in the eighth following hits from Vaccaro and Cole Peterson.
It was more than enough for Phillips, who scattered four hits over his eight innings and never allowing the Flyers (9-14, 1-3) to truly threaten.
Peterson went 2-for-3 and three runs scored, stealing a base and nearly missing a home run in the eighth with a double off the top of the right field fence. Vaccaro also finished with two hits.
Control was the main issue for Dayton starter Austin Cline (1-4) who walked seven over his five innings.
Brian Pulli finished the game for the Bonnies by working a scoreless ninth, striking out one.
The two teams meet again Sunday with a doubleheader scheduled beginning at noon.
- Peterson stole the 43rd base of his career, moving into a tie for sixth all-time in the program record books with Kevin Suminski and Jesse Bosnik. Next up is Randy Moley's 54.
- Phillips has struck out seven batters three times in his career including twice this season.
- Phillips' eight innings make Saturday his career-long outing.
- Pulli made his second career appearance, both coming this week. He's thrown two scoreless innings this week for SBU.
- T.J. Baker doubled and scored twice for the Bonnies.
- Bona has won eight of its last 10 against Dayton.
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