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Bonnies Fall in Atlantic 10 Tournament Heartbreaker, 3-1

Bonnies Fall in Atlantic 10 Tournament Heartbreaker, 3-1

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2017 season for the St. Bonaventure baseball team came to a close in devastating fashion, 3-1, Wednesday night against Saint Louis at the Billiken Sports Center.

With both teams facing elimination following earlier losses in the first day of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Bonnies received a stellar pitching performance from junior Brandon Schlimm. The Billikens, however, took a 3-0 lead to the ninth before the Bonnies would rally.

David Vaccaro led off the ninth with a single to right center and moved to second following a one out walk to Tommy LaCongo. That chased starter Devin Mahoney from the game after a tremendous outing. With Billikens closer Ryan Lefner on, Taishi Terashima roped a single through the right side to load the bases.

After a run-scoring ground out from Ryan MacCarrick got the Bonnies on the board, Cole Peterson stepped to the plate with the tying run at second. Peterson, the Bonnies leader in the majority of offensive categories this season, drove a screaming liner to right that appeared to have a chance to tie the game. Instead, Billikens right fielder Trent Leimkuehler made a running grab to break the hearts of the Bonnies and end the game.

Schlimm worked 7.1 innings, allowing three runs while striking out nine. He made just one mistake – a two run seventh inning home run surrendered on a two-strike pitch to leadoff man Aaron Case.

LaCongo went 2-for-2 as did Terashima, providing the Bonnies with offense out of the eight and nine spots in the lineup. LaCongo was on base three times while Terashima also worked two walks to get on board in each of his four plate appearances.

Nate Grant also struck out two in relief.

Mahoney went to 6-0 on the year with 8.1 innings of one-run ball, striking out five.

The Bonnies end their season at 26-22 overall on the year while the Billikens (33-21) move into Thursday's second round.