Fordham Prevails in Pitchers' Duel, 2-1, To Open Final Atlantic 10 Series

Fordham Prevails in Pitchers' Duel, 2-1, To Open Final Atlantic 10 Series

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Just as he has all season, St. Bonaventure junior Aaron Phillips gave the Bonnies a chance to win with another strong outing on the mound. For the first time all year, though, Phillips was tagged with a tough-luck loss as Bona fell to visiting Fordham, 2-1, Thursday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.

The Bonnies drop to 25-19 overall and 14-7 in Atlantic 10 play while Fordham improves to 26-23, 10-11.

Phillips, who was vying for the program's all-time season wins record, fell to 9-1 on the year despite tossing a complete game while allowing two runs on six hits and striking out eight.

Fordham used a wind-aided home run with two outs in the second off the bat of Jason Lundy to grab an early lead and held the 1-0 edge until the seventh.

Bona evened the score in the home half of the seventh inning as David Vaccaro led off with a single through the left side, moving into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt from Jared Baldinelli. Tommy LaCongo then cashed in with a single to right, bringing Vaccaro home from second for the tie.

Phillips retired 11 consecutive batters before Fordham threatened in the eighth.

The inning started harmlessly enough for Phillips as he retired the first two batters easily. A double and an intentional walk put runners at first and second, though, and Justin Bardwell came through by delivering a two-strike, run-scoring single to center with what ultimately was the winning tally.

Jimmy Murphy (6-7) kept the Bonnies offense off balance all day, scattering five hits and walking four while striking out six.

Phillips struck out seven or more batters for the sixth time this year, lowering his season ERA to 2.77. He now has 81 strikeouts for the year, vaulting into third place all-time in program history. Only Connor Grey (95, 2016) and Vance Cozier (85, 1999) have fanned more opposing batters in a season.

The series continues Friday as the two teams are set for a noon first pitch.

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