DOVER, Del. – St. Bonaventure split its last non-conference doubleheader of the 2017 season Friday afternoon at Delaware State, taking the opener 8-0 but dropping a final inning, 5-4 decision in the nightcap.
As he has done for the entire season, junior right hander Aaron Phillips led the way for St. Bonaventure in its win. Phillips allowed just two hits and two walks over six innings with three strikeouts as he remained perfect for the season at 9-0. The Buffalo native tied the school record for wins in a season set by Mike Gray in 1999.
Phillips' teammates gave him all the run support he would need with two tallies in the second frame. After a T.J. Baker single, David Vaccaro reached on a throwing error by Hornets third baseman Jared Gillis, and Baker scored on the two-base miscue. Jared Baldinelli brought Vaccaro home with a sacrifice fly.
The score remained 2-0 until the sixth inning, when junior third baseman David Hollins blasted a two-run homer. He now has a team-high seven for the year.
Peterson, Terashima, Vaccaro and Hollins all had two hits apiece as the Bonnies totaled 10 hits in the opener.
The Hornets overcame a 4-2 deficit in the last inning of the second game, which was limited to seven innings. Delaware State's Kwestin Smith and Todd Henry started the rally with singles, chasing Bona starter Brandon Schlimm. Reliever Donovan Moffat surrendered a wild pitch and then a walk which loaded the bases. Freshman Casey Vincent took over for Moffat but gave up back-to-back singles. Jaylen Zielicki's single to right field scored the game-winning run.
St. Bonaventure had 11 hits in the game, all singles. The Bonnies scored one run in the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings but left 11 men on base. Peterson and Baker both earned three hits, going 3-4, while Hollins and Ryan MacCarrick were both 2-4.
Schlimm lasted 6-1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Vincent took the loss and fell to 2-5.
St. Bonaventure is now 25-17 on the season while Delaware State is 20-23.
The Bonnies are off this weekend for graduation ceremonies and will return to action next Tuesday, May 16, at Canisius.
- Phillips and Ryan Valdes of South Florida are the only two NCAA Div. I pitchers with at least nine wins and no losses.
- The Bonnies have won seven of their last nine games.
- St. Bonaventure has won 51 games over the last two seasons combined.
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