LEWISBURG, PA. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team split a doubleheader against the Bucknell Bison on Tuesday, April 21, as the Bonnies won the first game 6-3 and dropped game two 4-3 in extra innings.
The Bonnies got the game going in the top of the first, as they were able to push three runs across the plate. Senior Tyler Bell and Junior Tyler Kirwan had back-to-back doubles to right field with two outs on the board to drive in Cole Peterson, Ted Dilts and Bell.
The Bison got two runs back in the next half inning when Anthony Gingerelli doubled down the right field line to score Joe Ogren. In the next at-bat, Sam Clark singled to score Gingerelli.
In the second inning, St. Bonaventure extended its lead back to two runs with a Dilts single up the middle that scored Diaz from third.
After a quiet third inning from both teams, junior Thad Johnson crushed the ball over the left field fence to bring in himself and Peterson.
The Bison closed the gap in the bottom of the fifth as Gingerelli doubled and scored Ogren.
In the sixth, St. Bonaventure went to their closer Thad Johnson to ensure a victory. Johnson tossed the final two innings and registered two strikeouts while only surrendering two hits. This was Johnson's seventh save on the year.
Picking up the win for the Brown and White was Steven Klimek, who went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, but struck-out five.
In game two of the doubleheader, Bucknell jumped out to an early two-run lead as Gingerelli and Ogren hit back-to-back homeruns off Aaron Phillips.
The Bonnies were able to get a run back in the next half inning when Jonathan Diaz singled to right field that scored Thad Johnson.
The game went quiet until the bottom of the fifth when Gingerelli would hit his second homer of the contest.
Once again though, St. Bonaventure had an answer to Bucknell's run, as Johnson singled through the right side, which drove in Tommy Styn and Cole Peterson. The two run RBI tied the game up at three, apiece.
With a runner at second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, senior Jonathan Diaz gave the Bonnies hope when Mike Korchak hit a ball his way and Diaz made a diving catch to end the inning and ultimately send the game into extras.
St. Bonaventure had a chance in the top of the ninth to put them ahead. Johnson was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kirwan was able to move Johnson over to third with a groundout. Dylan Dunn came to the plate with two outs and Johnson on third, but was unable to drive him home as he grounded out to the shortstop.
In the tenth, the Bonnies had another chance with Danny Urban being on second with just one out. In the next at-bat, Tyler Walter would fly out into a double play as Urban was doubled up on the play.
In the bottom half of the tenth the Brown and White brought in pitcher Drew Teller. Teller would give up a lead-off double, which would eventually come around to be the game-winning run after a Rob Krentzman single only two batters later.
Teller picked up his third loss of the season, while Bucknell's Connor Van Hoose earned his first win of the season.
The Bonnies will return to action at home on Friday, April 24 as St. Bonaventure welcomes Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson Wildcats for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. on Friday.