ST. BONAVENTURE (9-8-1) vs. BUFFALO (8-11)
Wednesday, March 30 – 2:00 p.m. (DH)
Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field
Live Stats - Click Here
St. Bonaventure will look to get back to winning ways when it hosts Big 4 rival Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon for a midweek doubleheader. The Bonnies step out of conference play after three tough games at VCU last weekend to begin Atlantic 10 action.
The Bonnies dropped all three games at VCU last weekend by a combined five runs – including one-run losses on Friday and Saturday. Friday, Bona lost a three-run lead in the seventh on the way to a 6-5 heartbreaker, then dropped a 2-1 decision in 12 innings on Saturday. VCU wrapped up the series with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
- The Bulls are 8-11 overall on the season and 2-1 in MAC play after winning their first conference series against Toledo over the weekend. UB scored a 13-7 win on Friday and a 6-4 triumph on Saturday before falling in the series finale Sunday, 3-2.
- UB is seeking a bounce back season after going 16-35 last year and a 7-20 mark in the MAC, finishing sixth in the East Division. The Bulls returned eight position players and six pitchers from last year's team.
- Senior infielder Bobby Sheppard (.313, 11 RBIs, .398 on-base percentage), senior outfielder Mike Abrunzo (.310, one home run, 10 RBIs, .456 on-base) and junior outfielder Vinny Mallaro (.306, four home runs, 17 RBIs, .434 on-base) lead the offensive attack. As a team, though, the Bulls are hitting just .233 on the season.
- UB has posted a 5.20 team ERA this spring with three relievers – sophomore Ben Vey (0-0, 2.08), sophomore Logan Harasta (0-0, 2.20) and junior Mike Kaelin (0-2, 2.89) posting sub-3.00 ERAs. Junior right-hander Alec Tuohy has been the ace of the rotation with a 3-2 record and 2.92 ERA in six starts.
BONNIES NEWS AND NOTES
- The Bonnies seek their first home win of the year after going 0-1-1 in a doubleheader with Niagara last week to open the home slate.
- Three of the past five Bona games have gone to extra innings – two nine inning games with Niagara (both non-league doubleheader games were scheduled to go seven) and a 12-inning battle at VCU on Saturday.
- St. Bonaventure continues to lead the nation in team ERA at 2.11. Southeastern Louisiana is second at 2.12, followed by Stanford (2.14), Creighton (2.15) and Oklahoma State (2.20).
- SBU also leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks ninth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.8).
- The Bonnies' pitching staff has given the team a chance to win nearly every game so far. Bona has struggled to break through at the plate, though it has had its chances – SBU has left 10 or more men on base in four of its last five games (0-4-1).
- Centerfielder Taishi Terashima is the second hardest batter to strikeout in the Atlantic 10 this year, fanning just four times in 75 at-bats (once every 18.8 at-bats). Only VCU's Jimmy Kerrigan (once every 22 at-bats) is harder to strikeout.
- Senior Tyler Walter's .345 batting average leads the team while Terashima (.333), Ted Dilts (.333) and Tommy LaCongo (.314) are all also hitting over .300 on the year.
The Bonnies travel to Villanova for a three-game series Friday-Sunday.