The St. Bonaventure baseball team returns to home turf when it completes its yearly Little Three rivalry series with Niagara Wednesday afternoon. Originally scheduled to be a doubleheader last month, Wednesday's rescheduled contest will be one nine inning game.
LAST TIME OUT
St. Bonaventure grabbed the series finale against VCU on Saturday, taking a 3-2 victory in Atlantic 10 action. Casey Vincent tossed seven strong innings of one-run ball and Braydon Nelson was able to record the final three outs for his first career save.
LITTLE THREE RIVALS MEET AGAIN
The Bonnies will be looking for a bit of revenge after the Purple Eagles took the first two games of the season series by sweeping a doubleheader last week. Niagara won the opener, 9-3, before taking the nightcap by a 10-1 score. Last season, the Bonnies won two of three against Niagara including a 7-2 win the last time these teams met at Fred Handler Park.
Junior Mike Magnanti continued his strong performance at the plate this season with a 2-for-2 effort in Bona's win over VCU on Sunday. He lifted his batting average to .360, good for third in the A-10, and his on-base percentage is now an Atlantic 10-best .491, well ahead of Richmond's Vinny Capra who is second at .472.
St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook enters Wednesday with 699 career victories, hoping to pick up No. 700 on home turf. One more win would make Sudbrook just the second active Atlantic 10 coach to score 700 wins, joining George Mason's Bill Brown. Sudbrook, though, is the all-time leader in total wins as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Purple Eagles are looking to bounce back from a series sweep at the hands of Marist last weekend in MAAC play. Niagara is 11-17 overall, but has two wins over Power 5 foe Michigan State in early season action. Greg Cullen powers the offense, leading the nation in batting average at .467 while Owen Dziados has a team-high 25 RBIs.
Bona hits the road to continue Atlantic 10 action at Dayton this weekend. The Bonnies are scheduled to open their series against the Flyers Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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