ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure and Niagara baseball teams put in some overtime on Tuesday as the Purple Eagles stole a 4-3 game one win in nine innings before game two ended in a 1-1 tie due to darkness after nine.
The Bonnies are now 9-5-1 on the year while Niagara stands 4-17-1.
GAME ONE – NIAGARA 4, ST. BONAVENTURE 3 (nine innings) | Box Score (PDF)
A ninth inning RBI single from Greg Cullen broke a longstanding tie and sent Niagara to a victory in extra innings in the early contest.
Matt McCuen (2-2) earned the win for Niagara with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Nate Grant (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing an earned run in his 1.2 innings. Drew Teller picked up the start for the Bonnies, striking out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits while walking only one.
Tyler Walter smacked two hits, knocking in a pair of runs for Bona.
Niagara jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. The first three batters of the game reached with a run coming across on a RBI double to left center from Michael Fuhrman. A second run came across later on a run-scoring ground out by Taylor Hackett.
St. Bonaventure cut the deficit in half in the home half of the first with Walter's triple to score Taishi Terashima who had walked to lead off.
The Bonnies grabbed a 3-2 lead in the third. Terashima singled and then stole second. He came home one batter later on an RBI double from Cole Peterson who would score on another run-scoring hit by Walter.
Niagara evened things in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Julian Gallup.
The Purple Eagles nearly broke the game open in the seventh. With runners at second and third and two outs, the Bonnies intentionally walked Fuhrman, who entered the day batting nearly .400 on the year. Nate Grant came out of the bullpen in relief of Teller and coaxed a ground ball behind the mound. Peterson made an excellent running play between the mound and second base, throwing on the run to beat Taylor Hackett down the line to end the threat.
Bona put the winning run into scoring position in the seventh following a two-out double down the left field line off the bat of Terashima, but could not get the run home, sending the game for extras.
Niagara worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth to end the game as the contest ended on a caught stealing when the Bonnies attempted to swipe second and send the tying run into scoring position with two outs.
GAME TWO – ST. BONAVENTURE 1, NIAGARA 1 (nine innings) | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies grabbed 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap. Aaron Phillips lined a one-out single to left and came home on an RBI double from Ted Dilts. Unfortunately for the Bonnies, they would begin a trend of not being able to get another hit with a runner in scoring position, stranding Dilts at second.
Niagara tied the score in the fifth when Gallup was hit by a pitch with one out, then stole second and came home on an RBI single from Tanner Kirwer.
Bona threatened several times to re-take the lead, putting runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. The Bonnies also loaded the bases in the eighth, but could not cash in.
The Bonnies had their final threat in the ninth as Terashima singled to lead off, then moved to second on a sac bunt from Peterson. A wild pitch later sent Terashima to third with two outs, but a strikeout ended the game as the umpires called the game due to darkness following the inning.
Terashima led the Bonnies offense with three hits including a double.
Reid Van Woert started for the first time this season and pitched well, throwing five innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out three. Phillips followed on the mound and tossed four scoreless innings of relief, bringing his scoreless inning streak to 23.2 to begin the year.
The Bonnies will start Atlantic 10 play from Friday – Sunday at VCU.