Schedule Update (12:30 p.m. 4/7): The completion of the game is now scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Please follow @BonniesBaseball on Twitter for the latest schedule announcements.
Schedule Update (4/8): Continued winter weather conditions prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the series. By NCAA rule, this game reverts back to the final equal completed inning which would be the sixth inning. As a result, the official result of this game is a 4-3 victory for Saint Joseph's in six innings and all statistics from the unfinished seventh inning will be erased.
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The calendar reads April, but it looked and felt a whole lot more like January Friday afternoon at a snowy and windswept Fred Handler Park.
After battling through what began in overcast and cold conditions, then had light rain changing to mixed precipitation and finally blowing snow, the St. Bonaventure baseball team and visiting Saint Joseph's saw their Atlantic 10 battle suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Hawks ahead, 6-5, but the Bonnies having the tying run at second base.
The game will pick up Saturday where things left off – a one-run lead for the visitors and an 0-1 count to Bonnies batter Casey Vincent with Brandon Henshaw standing at second base. The contest is set to resume at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon with the previously scheduled game taking place following the completion of game one.
Bona led early, picking up a run-scoring single off the second base bag from Vincent to plate Henshaw who had singled earlier in the inning.
The lead would be short-lived, though, as a two-run homer to left from Hawks batter Cole Stetzar put the visitors on top in the second inning.
The Bonnies answered back immediately to re-take the lead in the home half of inning number two when Mike Magnanti used the tricky wind conditions to flare a double down the right field line just out of the reach of a diving Hawks defender. Ryan MacCarrick followed by smoking a double of his own off the left center field fence, narrowly missing a home run, to give Bona a 3-2 edge.
That lead would stand until the fifth when Saint Joseph's moved ahead on a two-run double off the bat of James Concannon.
Saint Joseph's picked up insurance in the seventh inning. After loading the bases, the Hawks got a bit of good luck as Stetzar sent a flare to straight away center on a two-strike pitch with two away. With anything hit in the air proving adventurous for defenders thanks to the swirling winds, the ball dropped in front of the diving Bona centerfielder, allowing two more runs to cross the plate.
With conditions quickly worsening in the seventh, the Bonnies began a rally.
Magnanti was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, moving to second on a single by MacCarrick. Henshaw smacked another single to left and both Magnanti and MacCarrick scored when two bases were awarded following a wayward throw from the Hawks left fielder that ended up in the Bona dugout.
Umpires made the decision to suspend the game with Henshaw representing the tying run at second base and Vincent at the plate minutes later following the first out of the inning.
Henshaw finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate while MacCarrick and Sam Fuller each had two hits.
Brandon Schlimm ended the day as the pitcher of record for Bona after working six innings, allowing four runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Tim Brennan started and tossed five innings of three-run ball, two earned, fanning four for the Hawks and is the pitcher of record for the visitors who were powered by four RBIs by Stetzar.
Both the completion of Friday's game and Saturday's regularly scheduled game can be heard on the radio locally on 107.1 FM.
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