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SAVANNAH, Ga. – The St. Bonaventure University baseball team wrapped up its season-opening four-game set at Savannah State by capping off a series victory by way of a 9-2 triumph on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field.
Sunday's win gives the Bonnies a 3-1 start to the season while Savannah State slips to 1-3.
Newcomer Taishi Tersahima powered the Bonnies offense by going 4-for-6 out of the leadoff spot, scoring twice and knocking in a run.
On the mound, sophomore Aaron Phillips made just his eighth career start, but had the look of a veteran. Phillips tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and one walk and finished with six strikeouts.
Terashima started things in the top of the first by ripping a double to left and would score on an RBI single up the middle from Johnson. The Bonnies scored twice more in the first following an RBI single from Ted Dilts and later David Vaccaro was credited with an RBI on a ground ball to third.
The 3-0 score held until the sixth when the Bonnies broke things open.
St. Bonaventure took advantage of a pair of Tigers errors in the inning as well as a wild pitch that also scored a run. Johnson and Dilts capped the rally with back-to-back RBI singles as the Bonnies plated four runs in the inning.
Two more Bonnies runs crossed the plate in the seventh – Alex Shutz worked a bases loaded walk and Terashima drove in a run with a single to center.
That was more than enough for Phillips who was on cruise control. The Tigers threatened in the first following two Bona errors, putting runners at the corners, but Phillips coaxed a double play ball up the middle to end the threat.
From there, Phillips did not allow the Tigers to send a runner past second base until the seventh. With runners at second and third, Phillips delivered a strikeout to retire the side and finish his day with an exclamation mark.
Nate Grant would allow two runs in the eighth, but would finish the final two innings out of the bullpen.