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Bonnies Come From Behind To Earn Doubleheader Split With UMass

Bonnies Come From Behind To Earn Doubleheader Split With UMass

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University baseball team rallied from an early hole to score a 5-3 victory in game two of Friday's Atlantic 10 doubleheader with UMass, splitting the day's action after a 3-2 setback in the early contest.

St.  Bonaventure finished the day at 13-11-1 overall and 1-4 in Atlantic 10 play while UMass now stands 6-12, 2-3.

GAME ONE – UMASS 3, ST. BONAVENTURE 2 | Box Score 

The Bonnies picked up a brilliant start from senior Connor Grey, but couldn't find the offense necessary to push past the Minutemen in the first game of the day under cold and blustery conditions at Fred Handler Park.

The scheduled first pitch of the day was pushed back two hours due to morning snow, and the bats remained cold through two scoreless innings.

UMass broke through in the third on a solo home run from Brett Evangelista for the 1-0 lead.

That score held through the sixth when the Minutemen added an unearned run for a 2-0 edge.

Grey was primarily on cruise control through the first five innings, with Evangelista's home run being the only blip on the radar. The senior right-hander finished the day with 10 strikeouts, allowing just one hit and one earned run with four walks in seven innings of work.

St. Bonaventure finally got on the board with an RBI single through the left side from Thad Johnson in the sixth, and tied the game in the eighth following a ground out from Ted Dilts. The Bonnies could muster just one run in the eighth after loading the bases with no outs, however.

The visitors broke the 2-2 tie as Evangelista struck again with a ground-rule double for what would be the game-winning run.

UMass starter Ryan Moloney went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Kevin Hassett (1-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Evan Mackintosh picked up the save by working the ninth.

Taishi Terashima and David Vaccaro each had two hits for the Bonnies with Vaccaro scoring the team's two runs.

 

GAME TWO – ST. BONAVENTURE 5, UMASS 3 | Box Score

The Bonnies earned some revenge in the nightcap, rallying from a three-run deficit for the win.

UMass pushed across three runs with two outs in the third to take early control.

Bona got a run back on a home run to left center in the fourth from Johnson, adding another tally in the sixth on a run-scoring ground out by Dilts.

After a rocky start, right-hander Brandon Schlimm (3-3) settled into a groove, working eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

The Bonnies picked up the offense they needed in the seventh. Aaron Phillips singled to lead off, moving to second on a ground out. Phillips then came home to tie the game on a single through the left side from Tommy LaCongo. Breaking from second on the pitch, Phillips had to leap to avoid being hit with LaCongo's single before racing home for the tie.

Later in the seventh, the Bonnies pushed ahead on a fielder's choice from Terashima that scored LaCongo.

The Brown and White tacked on a run of insurance with a towering home run to center field off the bat of Dilts in the eighth.

Johnson earned his third save with a perfect ninth inning.

The two teams are scheduled for one more game, which likely will be played Sunday at noon due to impending snow in Saturday's forecast. Follow the Bonnies on Twitter @Go_Bonnies for schedule updates as they become available. 

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