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Sixth Inning Explosion Propels Bonnies To Series Victory at UMass, 7-5

Sixth Inning Explosion Propels Bonnies To Series Victory at UMass, 7-5

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AMHERST, Mass. – The St. Bonaventure baseball team rallied from an early deficit with a six-run sixth inning, then held on late to capture the series with a 7-5 victory at UMass Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of an Atlantic 10 three-game set.

With the win, the Bonnies improve to 2-4 in Atlantic 10 play and 6-14 overall while the Minutemen are also 2-4 in conference action and 9-8 overall.

UMass broke into the scoring column first with two runs in the home half of the third and threatened for more, but the Bonnies and starter Ben Contento were able to force the hosts into leaving the bases loaded before more damage could be done.

St. Bonaventure cut the deficit in half in the fourth.

Ryan MacCarrick reached on a bunt single, then with two outs, Casey Vincent walked. That allowed Saturday's hero, Jeff Palczewski to come through again with a base hit through the left side to bring in MacCarrick for the 2-1 score.

The Minutemen quickly extended their lead back to two, however, with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing 3-1 heading for the sixth, the Bonnies completely changed the complexion of the game with a six-run rally.

The Bonnies sent 10 men to the plate and collected four hits in the frame. After Mike Magnanti singled with a bunt hit and Brandon Henshaw walked, Vincent drove a double to the gap in right center to score both for the 3-3 tie. Palczewski then kept his hot streak alive, following Vincent's key hit with another of his own, punching an RBI single to left for a 4-3 advantage and SBU's first lead of the day.

Bona continued adding on when Ben MacDonald stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The redshirt sophomore delivered a hit to left, scoring both Palczewski and David Vaccaro. Another run would cross the plate on a sacrifice fly supplied by Sam Fuller as the Bonnies ended an inning that began with UMass ahead by two and finished with the Brown and White up four.

UMass attempted a comeback in the late innings, getting the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings. The hosts scored twice in the eighth and had a runner at second before Bonnies reliever James Wetter could end the threat. Wetter then worked around a single in the ninth to close out the victory.

Roman Wild (1-2) earned the win on the mound with 3.2 innings of outstanding relief, not allowing a run while surrendering just one hit with a career high six strikeouts.

Palczewski, MacDonald and Vincent all had two RBIs apiece while Palczewski added two more hits.

The Bonnies will play in mid-week non-conference action Wednesday at Penn State under the lights with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in State College.

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