ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team dropped both games of its doubleheader held on Saturday, April 25 at Fred Handler Park. The Bonnies kept it close throughout the first game, but were unable to hold off the surging Wildcats, 11-8. In game two, SBU fell behind early, as Davidson never looked back, en route to a 13-8 loss.
The Bonnies' bats are what kept them in both games on Saturday, as they registered 16 runs on 25 hits through the doubleheader. Cole Peterson and Tyler Kirwan both had four hits in the twin bill against the Wildcats, while Tyler Bell, Dylan Dunn, Thad Johnson and Tyler Walter all had three hits. A total of 11 different members of the St. Bonaventure baseball team notched a hit.
After giving up a single run in the first inning, St Bonaventure's bats were alive as they put four runs on the board on five hits. Thad Johnson pushed the first run across the plate with a triple down the right field line that scored Cole Peterson and Ted Dilts. Following Johnson was Tyler Bell, who notched his own triple to right center that scored Johnson. Dylan Dunn kept the runs coming with a single to right field to score Bell.
Things were looking promising after one, but Davidson had four runs of their own in the next half inning on five hits.
The game went quiet until the bottom of the fifth when the Bonnies were able to tie it up at five all. With one out on the board, Ted Dilts grounded out to the shortstop to score Peterson from third.
Just like the last time the Bonnies scored, Davidson found an answer in the next inning. The Wildcats registered four runs in the top of the sixth on two two-run homeruns.
The Brown and White attempted to come back in the bottom of the seventh, as they recorded three runs in the inning. Tyler Walter got the first run across in the inning with a single through the left side to score Danny Urban. In the next at bat, John Novenche, who was pinch-hitting, reached on an error, which allowed Jonathan Diaz to score. Later in the inning, Tommy Styn pinch ran for Novenche and came around to score the third run of the inning on an error by the pitcher.
With the Bonnies within one of the Wildcats, Davidson tallied two more runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach as it won 11-8.
Getting the nod in game one was Connor Grey, who went five innings allowed eight runs on 13 hits. Grey had six strikeouts in the setback.
The Davidson Wildcats came out hot for game two, as they recorded five runs in the first two innings, which includes a two-run homerun and two doubles.
The Bonnies were able to respond in the bottom of the second with a sac fly that scored Dylan Dunn. Later in the inning, Cole Peterson worked a bases loaded walk to bring SBU within three runs.
St. Bonaventure and Davidson traded runs in the third, as both runs were scored off doubles to right field.
In the fifth inning, the game turned sloppy for both squads as St. Bonaventure allowed one run score off a wild pitch and Davidson surrendered two runs on an error by the shortstop.
Davidson gave itself some breathing room in the sixth and seventh inning when they put six runs on the boards, while the Bonnies were only able to score two.
St. Bonaventure scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to put the deficit at five, but the lead was too large to overcome.
Picking up the loss for the Brown and White was Brandon Schlimm, who tossed 4.2 innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits.