Bonnies end non-conference play with split at UB
May 5, 2009
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure baseball team completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a doubleheader split against Big 4 foe Buffalo on Tuesday at Amherst Audubon Field.
After the Bulls slugged their way to a 10-4 win in the opener, the Bonnies responded by dealing the UB bats junior Dennis Sherba, who promptly picked up his seventh win of the season in a 2-1 triumph for the Brown and White.
The two teams met exactly a week ago on the very same field in the opening round of the Big 4 Classic and five times on the season with the Bulls holding a 3-2 edge. With six A-10 regular season games remaining on its schedule, St. Bonaventure now sits at 22-21 overall.
Sherba held a potent UB lineup to just six hits over five and two-third innings of work en route to improving an impressive 7-2 on the season. Sherba's seven victories are tied for third-best in program single-season history and the most since John Zinnicker picked up eight in 2006. The win was also the 10th of Sherba's career.
The Bulls started the scoring in game two, plating a run in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. A leadoff double translated into the only run of the game off on the Bona pitching staff.
The Brown and White knotted the game at 1-1 in the very next inning, as freshman Ryan Skellie's sacrifice fly with the bases load brought home sophomore Ryan Mosher who led off the inning with a single.
Sherba retired the side in order in the third and used one of his two strikeouts to work out of a jam in the fourth to leave the door open for the Bona bats.
The Bonnies answered the call in the top off the fifth, reeling off three straight singles with the last coming off the bat of junior Kyle Gorby to put the visitors ahead, at 2-1. Skellie started things with a single followed by one from senior Anthony Randich.
With the lead now in his favor, Sherba cruised through the fifth, but left the game with two outs in the sixth and a runner in scoring position. Junior Cory Sudbrook promptly got the next better to fly out to center field and then returned in the seventh to seal the deal for his second save in his last three appearances. Sudbrook got all three outs in the seventh via the fly out.
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the opener, St. Bonaventure gave up eight unanswered runs over the second and third innings.
The potent UB lineup rattled the Bona staff for 10 runs on 10 hits.
Sophomore Jamie Wallschlaeger equaled a career-high with three hits in game one. Sophomore Jesse Bosnik went over the 50-hit plateau for the second straight season with three hits over the two contests, including two RBI in the opener. Sophomore Brad Steinbach contributed two hits in game two.
St. Bonaventure will return to Fred Handler Park for the first time in seven games when it welcomes Duquesne to campus for a three-game Atlantic 10 weekend series. The opener will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon and can be heard live on WHDL 1450 AM or through Stretch Internet on www.GoBonnies.com.