SAVANNAH, Ga. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team earned a doubleheader split at Savannah State on Saturday, running away with a victory in game one, before falling in game two.
The Bonnies lead the four-game series, two games to one.
Game 1: St. Bonaventure 10, Savannah State 1
For the second game in a row the Bonnies were able to get on the board in the top of the first inning. Taishi Terahima led the game off with a single; then after Cole Peterson grounded in a fielder's choice, Thad Johnson walked, and David Vaccaro flew out. Tyler Walter was then able to drive a single into left center, allowing Peterson to score.
After Sam Fuller struck out in the top of the fourth, Aaron Phillips took off for third, causing an overthrow by the Savannah State catcher which allowed him to score and gave St. Bonaventure a 2-0 lead.
St. Bonaventure starter Connor Grey (1-0) cruised through the first three innings, not allowing a hit. In the fourth, the Tigers finally got on the board when Mendez Elder drilled a double into right field, allowing the hosts to cut the SBU lead to one.
Immediately following Elder's double, the Bonnies would load the bases for Walter, who then smashed one over the left field fence to put St. Bonaventure up 6-1.
Continuing to add runs, a RBI single from Walter and a two-run double off the bat of Tommy LaCongo pushed the SBU lead to eight before Eric Willis extended the Bonnies advantage to 10-1 with a sacrifice fly.
Savannah State would load the bases in the bottom of the sixth but Grey would get Bernard Barnes to strike out, ending the inning.
Grey worked six innings, surrendering just three hits and one run with three walks and seven strikeouts. Ben Contento pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the win.
Game 2: Savannah State 7, St. Bonaventure 1
The Tigers would respond quickly as after Elder tripled with one out in the bottom of the second, Somto Egbuna ripped one up the middle to tie the game at one.
Savannah State would then take its first lead of the afternoon on a Charles Sikes sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
After being settled in most of the game, St. Bonaventure starting pitcher Brandon Schlimm would finally run into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers would push across five runs to increase their lead to 7-1. T.J. Baker would come in to relieve Schlimm.
Baldinelli and Walker were able to register back-to-back hits to lead off the top of the seventh, however, Ryan McCranie shut the door to give the Tigers the victory.
Schlimm, who went 5.1 innings and recorded three strikeouts, suffered the loss for the Bonnies.
The teams complete their four-game series Sunday.
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