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North Carolina A&T Sneaks Past St. Bonaventure, 4-3, in Series Finale

Photo: Becky Polaski
Photo: Becky Polaski

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two runs in the eighth inning erased a Bonnies lead and sent North Carolina A&T to a 4-3 victory over the St. Bonaventure baseball team Sunday afternoon in the series finale at War Memorial Stadium.

In a series that saw each of the three games decided by just one run, the pendulum swung back in favor of the Aggies (8-12) Sunday.

St. Bonaventure (4-10) held a 3-2 edge heading for the eighth, but North Carolina A&T collected six hits in the inning to erase its deficit and push ahead.

Centerfielder David Vaccaro fired a strike home that threw out Milton Rivera at the plate to preserve the lead in the eighth, but the Aggies continued their attack offensively. Greg White later singled in a run to tie the game, then Zach McLean delivered what turned out to be the game-winning hit with a single to left, scoring White for the winning run.

The Aggies grabbed an early two-run lead with a pair of runs plated in the second inning, but the Bonnies got one back in the third following an infield RBI single from Ryan MacCarrick to score Sam Fuller.

With the 2-1 score holding into the fifth, the Bonnies would take their first lead of the day.

Jeff Palczewski cracked a single to center leading off the inning, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ben MacDonald. After Fuller reached on an error to put runners at the corners, Mike Magnanti punched a single back up the middle to score both Palczewski and Fuller for the 3-2 advantage that would hold until the eighth.

Reigning Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week Ben Contento pitched well enough to win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, walking one while striking out six. The redshirt junior right-hander now has 23 strikeouts in 14.1 innings of work this spring.

Nate Grant tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Magnanti posted two hits while Fuller scored twice out of the leadoff spot.

The Bonnies are scheduled to host their home opener at Fred Handler Park Tuesday in a doubleheader against Little Three rival Niagara with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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