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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – St. Bonaventure pitching limited North Dakota State to just one hit while the Bonnies' offense did the rest for a 6-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at North Charlotte Regional Park.
The Bonnies continued their strong start to the spring, improving to 7-2 on the young season. Likewise, North Dakota State came into the day hot after winning seven of its first eight games, but now stands 7-2 overall as well.
Sophomore Brandon Schlimm pitched a gem for the Bonnies, improving to 2-1 on the year by tossing 7.1 innings of one run, one hit ball. Schlimm struck out four and walked three. Nate Grant followed with a perfect inning of relief including two strikeouts while T.J. Baker picked up the final two outs, retiring the only two batters he faced.
St. Bonaventure pulled ahead early, pushing across three runs in the second. Ted Dilts worked a one-out walk and was followed by back-to-back singles from Aaron Phillips and Tommy LaCongo to load the bases. A four-pitch walk to Jared Baldinelli forced in the game's first run before Matt Eastman punched a single through the right side to score both LaCongo and Phillips.
Three more runs came across in the third as the Bonnies pounded out five hits – a double from Thad Johnson started the inning before singles from Dilts, Phillips, LaCongo and Baldinelli. By the end of the uprising, the Bonnies led 6-0.
The only score of the day for North Dakota State came in the sixth on a fielder's choice that forced in a run.
Other than that, offense was non-existent for the Bison who sent a runner past second base just one other time against Schlimm.
The Bonnies finished with 11 hits, including a 3-for-4 day at the plate from Phillips. Eastman drove in three runs while Johnson and LaCongo each had two hits.
North Dakota starter Alex Rogers (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs in 2.1 innings of work.
The Bonnies and Bison will face off again Sunday before St. Bonaventure closes its Florida trip vs. Maine on Monday.
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