PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A seven-run outburst in the fourth inning and another day of strong pitching pushed the St. Bonaventure University baseball team to its sixth straight win, 9-2 over Maine on Monday afternoon to wrap up the team's stay in Florida.
Cole Peterson doubled twice and drove home three runs while David Vaccaro also knocked in two runs to lead the offense. On the mound, starter Drew Teller (2-0) made the offense stick by tossing seven innings without allowing an earned run. Teller did not walk a batter and struck out 10.
Monday's win moves the Bonnies to 9-2 overall on the year while Maine drops to 3-7.
The Black Bears grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, scoring a pair of unearned runs.
Bona rallied with an uprising in the fourth. Peterson led off with a double followed by a walk to Thad Johnson. Following a fly out, Vaccaro drove in both runners with a base hit. Later in the inning, Tommy LaCongo singled home another run and Matt Eastman then knocked in another with a ground ball. The Bonnies would bat around in the frame with Peterson capping off the inning by stepping to the plate with the bases loaded and delivering a bases-clearing double to break the game open.
From there, Teller was on cruise control. He retired the side in order in both the fourth and sixth innings and worked around Maine singles in the fifth and seventh.
The Bonnies lowered their team ERA to 1.15, the best of any staff in the nation thus far this spring.
Next up is a trip to James Madison Friday-Sunday March 18-20.
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