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2017 @BonniesBaseball Season Review

2017 @BonniesBaseball Season Review

The 2017 St. Bonaventure University baseball season was one that won't be soon forgotten - the Bonnies brought excitement throughout the spring, rising to the top of the Atlantic 10.

St. Bonaventure opened conference play with two long trips to Davidson and Saint Louis in back-to-back weekends, but after a 2-4 start, won 11 of its next 13 A-10 games to establish a spot among the conference elite. 

When the season was over, the Bonnies had put together one of the finest seasons in program history. Head coach Larry Sudbrook was honored as Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and a total of six Bonnies players received All-Conference accolades.

For a full look back at the season in photos, click here or on the photo below.

2017 St. Bonaventure Baseball Accomplishments

  • Coach Larry Sudbrook posted 300th Atlantic 10 win in his career
  • Sudbrook named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for third time
  • Junior Aaron Phillips named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, second Bonnies player to receive the award and first since 2001
  • Phillips also named a finalist for the John Olerud National Two-Way Player of the Year (second Bonnies player in last three years to be a finalist for the award)
  • Phillips earned a nod as an ABCA/Rawlings All-American, the second in program history and first since 2007
  • Junior shortstop Cole Peterson named First Team All-Atlantic 10, giving SBU multiple First Team All-Atlantic 10 selections for first time since 2013. He also earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors
  • Junior third baseman David Hollins named Second Team All-Atlantic 10
  • Freshmen Donovan Moffat and Casey Vincent named to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
  • Senior T.J. Baker named to Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
  • Six Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections were most in program history
  • Vincent and Moffat give the Bonnies multiple A-10 All-Rookie team selections for the first time
  • Won 15 Atlantic 10 games, most since 2008 and third-most in program history
  • Won 26 overall games for second straight season and tied fifth for most in program history
  • Team won 11 of 13 Atlantic 10 games from April to early May, the best stretch for the program since 2006
  • Phillips' nine wins tied for the single season Bona record while he ranks second in season strikeouts (90) and third in innings pitched (100.2)
  • Peterson led the Atlantic 10 and ranks seventh in season program history with 24 stolen bases – the most by any Bonnies player since Jessie Bosnik had 26 in 2009. His 64 hits are also tied for 11th in Bona season history while his 16 doubles tie for sixth
  • Hollins hit a team-high eight home runs, most by any Bonnies player since 2010
  • Senior Danny Urban ranked sixth in season history in Ks per 9 innings (9.97)
  • Moffat set the program record for most appearances in a season (28)
  • Bonnies pitchers struck out 327 batters on the season, most by any Bona pitching staff since 1999 – when the staff also recorded 327 strikeouts
  • The Bonnies led the Atlantic 10 with 82 stolen bases as a team, also most for the program since 1999
  • Defensively, the team posted a .975 fielding percentage with just 46 total errors in 48 games for the best team fielding percentage in the past 15 seasons
  • Phillips became the highest MLB Draft pick in school history, going in the ninth round to the San Francisco Giants
  • Peterson was the third-highest MLB Draft pick in Bonnies history, selected in the 13th round by the Detroit Tigers
  • The Bonnies had two players selected in the MLB Draft for the first time since 1994 and now have had four players selected in the last three years
  • In the career record book, the following Bonnies cracked the top 10 lists:
       - Cole Peterson: T-4th in triples (8), 4th in stolen bases (62)
       - Aaron Phillips: 2nd in ERA (3.17), T-9 in wins (13), 11th in strikeouts (156), 11th in starts (31)
       - Brandon Schlimm: 3rd in ERA (3.38), 10th in starts (32), 10th in innings pitched (213.1)

2017 @BonniesBaseball