Box Score (PDF)
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The St. Bonaventure University baseball team opened the 2018 season Friday morning and could not overcome five errors despite a strong start in a 9-5 setback vs. Chicago State in the Snowbird Classic.
The Bonnies did not have to wait long for offense, scoring twice in the top of the first. Ben MacDonald singled home a run with an RBI knock to center and David Vaccaro came home on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead.
Chicago State (3-1) got a run back in the second and grabbed the lead with two runs in the third when Tyler Lowe homered and another run crossed the plate unearned.
A run in the fourth and four more in the sixth gave Chicago State control.
Tyler Kelder picked up his first collegiate RBI with a sac fly in the third while Casey Vincent and Jake Miknis each also had their first RBIs as well with a double and a sac fly respectively in the seventh as the Bonnies attempted to rally.
An 8-5 deficit would be as close as the Bonnies would come, however, as Chicago State added a run of insurance in the eighth and Bona went quietly in the ninth despite a leadoff single by Kelder.
Brandon Schlimm (0-1) started and struck out three in 2.1 innings (3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) while Roman Wild (3.0, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Donovan Moffat (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) also saw work in relief.
St. Bonaventure returns to action against Rutgers on Saturday at 1 p.m. Live stats are available here.
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