Bonnies Sweep Twin Bill at Bucknell

Bonnies Sweep Twin Bill at Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior Cole Peterson drove home the game-winning run in extra innings of game one and T.J. Baker belted an early three-run home run to establish control of the nightcap as the St. Bonaventure baseball team swept a doubleheader at Bucknell Tuesday afternoon.

Peterson's two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth inning gave the Bonnies a 5-4 win in the opener as part of an outstanding 5-for-6 day at the plate overall.

In game two, the Bonnies plated four runs in the first and three more in the second and held on late for a 7-4 win in a contest that was shortened to six innings due to darkness.

With the wins, the Bonnies improve to 16-14 overall on the season while Bucknell falls to 17-20.

GAME ONE – St. Bonaventure 5, Bucknell 4 (8 innings) | Box Score (PDF)

St. Bonaventure came back from a pair of deficits to outlast Bucknell in the first game of the day.

After Bucknell plated the game's first run in the third, Bona evened the score when Jared Baldinelli smacked a single to center to bring home Matt Eastman who had earlier singled.

Bucknell reclaimed the edge with a two-run fourth for a 3-1 score, but the Bonnies answered in the fifth.

Nine men came to the plate in the top of the fifth with the Bonnies taking the lead on a fielder's choice from Eastman.

The Bison evened the score at four-all in the sixth and both teams missed opportunities to score a win in seven innings. Bucknell loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, and though the hosts tied the game, Donovan Moffat entered the game and picked up a key ground out to end the threat without further damage.

Tommy LaCongo drew a leadoff walk to begin the eighth and was lifted for pinch runner Sam Fuller. A strikeout and ground out left Fuller at second with two down, setting the stage for Peterson. The Bonnies shortstop pulled a 2-1 one pitch into right and Fuller raced in with what ended up being the game-winning run.

Moffat (2-0) worked 2.1 innings to earn his second win of the season, allowing just one hit with no walks and two strikeouts. Brandon Schlimm started and went 2.1 innings, surrendering a run with two punch outs and threw 31 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

David Hollins also delivered two hits in the victory for the Bonnies.

GAME TWO – St. Bonaventure 7, Bucknell 4 (6 innings) | Box Score (PDF)

Early offense proved to be enough to complete the doubleheader sweep as the Bonnies grabbed a 7-0 lead after two innings and withstood a late Bucknell rally for the win.

Three straight batters reached to begin the game as Ryan O'Connor walked followed by singles by Ryan MacCarrick and Peterson to load the bases. Aaron Phillips brought in a run with a sacrifice fly before T.J. Baker gave the Bonnies an early hold on the game.

The Bonnies senior drove the first pitch that he saw well beyond the fence in left for a three-run homer, his fourth of the year, and a 4-0 advantage.

Three more Bonnies came home in the second following another run-scoring single by Peterson and a double off the bat of Phillips to plate two more for a seven-run cushion.

That was enough for redshirt freshman James Wetter (1-0) who after a one-out walk in the first would retire seven in a row and allow just one hit through the first four frames.

Bucknell made things interesting with a four-run fifth, but reliever Scott Jerge put out the fire after entering with two outs. He surrendered an RBI double, but then supplied a strikeout to retire the side. Jerge would go on to strikeout three of the four batters he retired and put an end to the Bison momentum.

Peterson posted two more hits in the nightcap and the umpires called the game at the conclusion of the sixth due to impending darkness and lack of lights at Depew Field.

Wetter earned his first career win with 4.2 innings of work, allowing four runs on two hits with a career-high five strikeouts.

Next up for Bona is a return to Atlantic 10 play with a trip to George Mason Friday through Sunday.

GAME NOTES

  • Wetter picked up his first career start in game two. He previously made seven appearances out of the bullpen earlier this season. He had never previously thrown more than two innings in any game before throwing 4.2 innings on Tuesday. 
  • Peterson had his sixth three-hit game of the year in the opener and now has 14 total multi-hit games after adding two on Tuesday.
  • Junior Matt Eastman got his third start of the year as the DH in game one, picking up a hit and driving home a run.
  • Junior Ryan O'Connor picked up his third start of the year at second base in game two, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. 
  • Sophomore Sam Fuller scored the game-winning run in game one, then started his seventh game of the year in center for game two and scored a run.
  • Junior Micah Riddick earned his sixth start of the year for game two in right field, walking and stealing a base. Redshirt freshman Ben MacDonald also started behind the plate in game two for his third start of the season.
  • The Bonnies did not commit an error in either game and have made an Atlantic 10-low 28 errors on the season.
  • Brian Pulli recorded two outs in game one, including one by strike out, to lower his season ERA to 0.96 in six relief appearances.
  • Bona improved to 24-9-1 all-time vs. Bucknell.

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