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Niagara Rallies For 11-9 Win In Wednesday Marathon

Niagara Rallies For 11-9 Win In Wednesday Marathon

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Niagara scored seven runs in the final three innings to erase a 9-4 deficit, rallying to shock the St. Bonaventure baseball team, 11-9, in a marathon under frigid conditions Wednesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.

Sam Fuller went 2-for-2 with two runs and two stolen bases while Tyler Kelder went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs to pace the offense.

Niagara grabbed two runs in the first, but the Bonnies would answer with a run in each of their first two at-bats for the tie.

Bona scored their runs on a pair of sacrifice flies – one off the bat of Brandon Henshaw in the first inning and another from Ben MacDonald in the second inning for a 2-2 deadlock.

The Purple Eagles pushed back ahead in the third, though, as Peter Battaglia drilled a two-run homer to left.

In the middle innings, St. Bonaventure would surge ahead.

Three runs crossed the plate in each the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, the Niagara catcher made an impressive catch in front of his own dugout for the second out, but mistakenly thought the inning was over and flipped the ball back into play. It opened the door for a three-run frame as the Bonnies took their first lead.

In the fifth, Kelder cracked his first career collegiate home run with a shot to left, a two-run bomb that pushed the advantage to 7-4. Later in the inning, Ryan O'Connor stole home on a pickoff attempt at first. On the throw home from first, O'Connor slid early and leapt over the tag to complete his steal of home. Another run would cross the plate in the sixth on a Niagara throwing error for a 9-4 lead.

After Niagara's rally, the Bonnies made a bid to tie it in the ninth.

With two outs, Fuller singled up the middle and Mike Magnanti walked. Ryan MacCarrick nearly tied it with a rope down the left field line, but it was called foul. MacCarrick walked to load the bases and Henshaw sent a well-hit ball to left center field that was tracked down on the run by Purple Eagles center fielder Wyatt Olson who made the grab after going to a knee, ending the game.

In all, 387 pitches were thrown between the two teams in the contest.

The Bonnies used nine pitchers with Roman Wild, Donovan Moffat, Michael Krauza and James Wetter all throwing scoreless innings.

The Bonnies are back in action Friday at Dayton.

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