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RICHMOND, Va. – For the second consecutive day, the St. Bonaventure baseball team came up just short in a heartbreaking setback, 3-2, in 12 innings at VCU on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams (15-7, 2-0 Atlantic 10) started the 12th inning with a bloop single to center field by Haiden Lamb which fell between Taishi Terashima racing in from center and Cole Peterson going out from shortstop. A sacrifice bunt then moved Lamb to second. Lamb was breaking from second on the next pitch to Brody Cook and he would score standing up on Cook's single to center field, breaking a tie that had stood since the second inning.
St. Bonaventure (9-7-1, 0-2) led early, scoring twice in the second. David Vaccaro led off with a single to center and moved to second on a one-out walk to Tommy LaCongo. With two away and the bases loaded following a walk to Terashima, Peterson delivered a single to center to score both Vaccaro and LaCongo. Thad Johnson then followed by lacing a single to right, but Terashima was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from second to end the inning.
The lead would be short-lived as VCU evened things in the home half of the inning. With runners at second and third and two outs, the Rams scored a run on a wild pitch and the runner from second would score as well on a throwing error by the catcher whose throw went wide of St. Bonaventure pitcher Brandon Schlimm who was covering home.
After that, Schlimm settled in and was outstanding the rest of the way. The sophomore went eight strong innings on the mound, allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out four in a tough-luck no-decision.
Nate Grant was also strong in relief, not allowing a base runner in his 2.1 innings of work.
Reid Van Woert (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
For the second day in a row, the Bonnies outhit VCU (9-5) including two hits from Peterson.
VCU starter Brooks Vial went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs on six hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. Matt Jamer (4-1) picked up the win with five scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
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