STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team fell in a doubleheader at Wagner Friday afternoon, dropping a 6-5 walk-off decision in the opener before a 4-1 final in the nightcap.
After Friday's non-conference twinbill, the Bonnies stand 14-14 overall on the season while Wagner, members of the Northeast Conference, improves to 10-17.
GAME ONE – Wagner 6, St. Bonaventure 5 | Box Score (PDF)
A game-winning RBI single from Phil Capra in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Wagner a walk-off victory in the opener.
Each team scored a run in the second – T.J. Baker singled up the middle, plating David Hollins from second base to give the Bonnies an early tally against Wagner starter Danny Marsh, the nation's ERA leader with a mark of 0.49 entering the day. The Bona lead would be short-lived, though, as Wagner tied the score in the bottom of the inning.
After the Seahawks took the lead with a two-run third, the Bonnies threatened in the middle innings. A bases loaded threat fell by the wayside in the fifth – Jared Baldinelli reached with a two-out infield single before Ryan MacCarrick and Cole Peterson each drew walks. A fly out ended the inning, though.
Bona broke through in the sixth after again loading the bases, this time with one away. Hollins reached on an error and singles by Baker and Taishi Terashima put a Bonnies runner at every base. Tommy LaCongo then forced a run home after being hit by a pitch, then Baldinelli tied the game with a fielder's choice.
Wagner again grabbed the advantage with a run in the sixth, but the back-and-forth continued as Peterson walked, then stole second and third to score on a sac fly from David Vaccaro.
Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, the Brown and White again loaded the bases. Baldinelli tied the game with a single to right, making it a 5-5 score in the ninth.
Bona got the lead run in scoring position following a single by Aaron Phillips and a sac bunt, but could not advance the junior past second. That set the stage for Capra's single through the right side with the bases loaded and no outs to win it.
Phillips started and worked 6.2 innings, striking out four in a no-decision. Roman Wild also threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Bona got three runs, two earned, against Marsh who lasted 5.1 innings in a no-decision.
The Bonnies collected nine hits, with Baldinelli, Terashima and Baker all registering two each.
GAME TWO – Wagner 4, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)
Just like in game one, the Bonnies led early following a second inning sac fly from Terashima.
Wagner tied it in the fourth with a run, then broke the game open in the fifth on a two-out, three-run home run off the bat of Anthony Godino.
The Bonnies placed runners in scoring position multiple times in the late innings, but could not break through.
Baldinelli, Phillips and Terashima all had two hits apiece as the Bonnies outhit Wagner, 7-5.
St. Bonaventure will next play at Bucknell in a Tuesday mid-week non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
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