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SAVANNAH, Ga. – For the St. Bonaventure University baseball team, the wait through the winter months was rewarded as the Bonnies jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 7-4 victory on Opening Day Friday afternoon at Savannah State.
Taishi Terashima and Ted Dilts each tallied two hits apiece while Thad Johnson knocked in a pair of runs to back starter Drew Teller who surrendered just one earned run in 5.1 innings to pick up the win on the mound.
St. Bonaventure (1-0) plated two runs in the first to seize control. Terashima, in his first game with the Bonnies, worked a walk and then advanced to third following two ground outs. The former NJCAA All-American then came in to score when fellow newcomer David Vaccaro delivered a two-out RBI hit to right field.
Vaccaro then stole second and would later score on a Tigers error.
Savannah State (0-1) got a run back in the bottom of the first, but the Bonnies responded with two more runs in the second.
Aaron Phillips reached on an infield single to leadoff the frame and went to third when Sam Fuller reached on an error. Terashima followed with a single to bring home Phillips, and Fuller would score later in the inning on a sac fly off the bat of Johnson.
The Bonnies registered two more runs in the fourth, plating the first score on an RBI triple from Johnson who would later score on a wild pitch.
Teller scattered five hits, walking two and struck out five.
The Tigers threatened in the sixth, pushing home a run, but Reid Van Woert relieved Teller and ended the threat by recording the final two outs of the inning out of the bullpen.
Dilts gave the Bonnies some insurance in the seventh by drilling a home run to right.
Van Woert struck out five and did not walk a batter, allowing two unearned runs on three hits in 3.2 innings out of the 'pen to earn the save.
Tigers starter Greg Hollman was tagged with the loss, surrendering three earned runs in his four innings of work.
Six hitters collected hits for the Bonnies, who finished with eight hits on the day.
St. Bonaventure remains at Savannah State as the four-game series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
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