ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – For the second time this weekend, the St. Bonaventure baseball team rallied from an early deficit, plating runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to put away a 7-3 victory over visiting UMass to earn an Atlantic 10 series win.
The Bonnies improve to 14-11-1 overall on the year and 2-4 in Atlantic 10 play after taking two of three from the Minutemen who are now 6-13, 2-4.
UMass scored a run in the second to open the scoring before the Bonnies responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning when Danny Urban singled through the right side. A bobble in right field allowed a second run to come around for a 2-1 edge.
The Minutemen recaptured the lead with runs in the fifth and sixth, however, taking the lead on an unearned run for a 3-2 tally.
Bonaventure immediately answered, however. David Vaccaro led off the sixth by legging out an infield single followed by a hit to right center by Cole Peterson. Tommy LaCongo made it three straight hits for the Bonnies as he sliced a single to right, allowing Vaccaro to come home for the tie. Later in the frame, a run-scoring ground out from Jared Baldinelli put the Bonnies back on top.
Aaron Phillips, who entered the day leading the Atlantic 10 in season ERA, started and did not factor in the decision after working 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Reid Van Woert (2-1) earned the win by tossing 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits with three punch outs. Thad Johnson threw a scoreless ninth.
Baldinelli, Johnson and LaCongo all had two hits apiece as the Bonnies finished with 13 on the afternoon.
St. Bonaventure returns to action for non-conference play at Little Three rival Niagara on Tuesday with a doubleheader set for 2 p.m.
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