PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – St. Bonaventure University sophomore Brandon Schlimm tossed a gem, allowing just five hits while not allowing an earned run, to power the Bonnies to an 8-1 victory over Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Bonnies even the series at one game apiece while improving to 4-2 overall on the season. Central Connecticut stands at 1-1.
Schlimm (1-1) and Central Connecticut starter Brandon Fox (0-1) matched each other through the first four innings before St. Bonaventure finally broke through in the fifth.
The Bonnies scored five times in the fifth thanks to five hits in addition to a Blue Devils error.
Tommy LaCongo started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Another single from Matt Eastman put runners at the corners for Taishi Terashima who singled home LaCongo for the game's first run.
A walk to Thad Johnson and an error at third base by Central Connecticut forced home Terashima, and then a fielder's choice brought Peterson home. David Vaccaro capped the inning with an RBI single to score Johnson for a 5-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Schlimm who was on cruise control. The only blemish against the sophomore starter came in the sixth when a pair of hits and an error allowed an unearned run to score.
Bona added insurance in the seventh on an RBI double from Vaccaro as well as RBIs from LaCongo and Jared Baldinelli.
Vaccaro went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Terashima also posted two hits out of the leadoff spot. The Bonnies recorded 11 hits in all.
Schlimm struck out three on the afternoon.
St. Bonaventure and Central Connecticut will face off Sunday at 11 a.m. in the rubber game of their three-game series.
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