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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure rallied twice in the final two innings to score an improbable 7-6 victory over Fordham as senior Taishi Terashima slid in head first with the game-winning run on a walk-off passed ball Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
With the win, along with a George Washington loss, the Bonnies lock in as the No. 3 seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament after improving to 26-19 overall and 15-7 in Atlantic 10 play.
Though Bonaventure struck first on a run-scoring ground out from David Hollins in the first, Fordham (26-24, 10-12) controlled after a three-run second.
After the Rams tacked on two runs in the seventh for a 5-1 lead, it seemed as though the visitors had things well in hand with starter Reiss Knehr cruising.
Knehr, who entered the day as the Atlantic 10's strikeout leader, was cruising after surrendering a run on two hits in the first. After that frame, he gave up just one base runner, a walk to Hollins in the fourth, before stranding runners at the corners following a walk and an error in the seventh.
The Bonnies finally broke through in the eighth.
Ryan MacCarrick and Cole Peterson singled back-to-back with one out, chasing Knehr from the game with 126 pitches thrown. After reliever Kyle Martin coaxed a pop up for the second out, Hollins smoked a single up the middle to score MacCarrick and cut the deficit to three.
Senior T.J. Baker then evened the score by taking a 2-2 pitch out over the fence in left for his sixth home run of the year, a three-run shot that tied the game at 5-5.
Fordham would answer in the ninth, however, taking a 6-5 edge following an RBI single by Justin Bardwell. Reliever Nate Grant evaded further damage, though, forcing Fordham to leave the bases loaded after a ground ball to third.
That set the stage for a final Bonnies comeback.
Jared Baldinelli led off the ninth with a single off Fordham reliever Shane McDonald (2-2), but was thrown out on a close play at second following a sacrifice attempt.
With one on and one out, pinch runner Sam Fuller went to second on a wild pitch. Fuller then came in with the tying run as Terashima came through by punching a run-scoring single to left center to tie the game.
After Fordham made another pitching change, putting in reliever Aaron Melendez who owned a 0.83 ERA on the year, a pop up left Terashima at first with two outs. Peterson then worked a walk before Aaron Phillips fought back from an 0-2 count to work another free pass and load the bases.
A pitch from Melendez then evaded the Fordham catcher, and though Bardwell had a chance for the out at home with a strong throw, his throw went wide of the plate and allowed Terashima to rush home with the game-winning run.
Grant (1-0) earned the win with two-thirds of an inning of relief. Brandon Schlimm started and allowed four runs on five hits with two strikeouts over six innings while James Wetter recorded 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
MacCarrick and Peterson both had two hits apiece while Hollins drove in two runs.
The two teams complete their series with the regular season finale Saturday at noon. The Bonnies are set to honor their seven seniors – Baker, Baldinelli, Terashima, Tommy LaCongo, Brad Gresock, Danny Urban and Scott Jerge following the game.
- The Bonnies scored their 15th Atlantic 10 win of the year, matching the 2008 team for third-best in program history. Only the 2006 (18) and 2002 (16) teams won more conference games.
- Bona improved to 10-3 at home.
- Peterson tallied his 19th multi-hit game of the year and also stole a base, his 23rd of the year. He tied Tom Thiebaud (1999) for seventh in single season history. His 61 career stolen bases are fourth in program history, just two away from Mike Sedor's 63 from 1999-2002.
- Grant, who missed the majority of the season due to injury, made his third appearance in the past week and earned his first victory since March 22, 2016.
- Fordham's loss eliminated the Rams from the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
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