ST. BONAVENTURE at DAYTON
Friday – Sunday, April 20-22
The St. Bonaventure baseball team returns to Atlantic 10 action by traveling to Dayton for a three-game series beginning Friday. Both teams are seeking to rise in the A-10 standings – the Bonnies are 3-7 in conference play while the Flyers are 2-7.
Friday (3 p.m.) – RHP Ben Contento (1-2, 5.52 ERA) vs. RHP Tyler Jones (1-3, 7.16) / Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday (1 p.m.) – RHP Casey Vincent (2-1, 3.00) vs. RHP Austin Cline (1-6, 9.36) / Live Stats
Sunday (12 p.m.) – RHP Braydon Nelson (1-2, 4.31) vs. RHP Aaron Ernst (1-2, 6.41) / Live Stats
WHEN LAST WE MET
The Bonnies took a three-game sweep on home turf over Dayton last season, taking a 9-0 win in game one before sweeping a Sunday doubleheader by scores of 6-4 and 18-14. Bona is 10-2 vs. Dayton since 2012.
Sophomore Casey Vincent is slated to take the hill for the start on Saturday and will look to maintain the momentum he built after an excellent start in his return to the conference rotation last weekend. Against VCU this past Sunday, Vincent tossed seven innings of one-run ball, walking just one on four hits while striking out three. It was his first A-10 start this season after being shelved from the pitching rubber for part of the early season due to a minor injury. He needed just 85 pitches to complete the seven innings of work and has went deeper into a game just one other time – an eight-inning gem vs. Rhode Island last season.
ONE STREAK ENDS, ANOTHER CONTINUES
Senior Ryan MacCarrick had his 16-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday vs. Niagara, though he very nearly continued it with a bid for extra bases that was rule foul in the ninth before drawing a walk. MacCarrick drew four walks on Wednesday and has reached base safely in the past 17 contests.
KICK STARTING A HOT STREAK
Freshman Tyler Kelder came to the Bonnies with great promise after being named to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Prospect Team for his strong showing in summer ball before coming to SBU and further impressed the coaching staff during fall ball. After a slow start, the first-year Bonnie is starting to make good on that preseason buzz – he belted his first career home run during Wednesday's game and now has picked up a hit in seven straight games.
SETTING THE TABLE
The move to the leadoff spot has suited junior outfielder Sam Fuller well. In the past five games, Fuller has put up the following slash line at the plate: .500/.708/.643.
Bona has a quiet week with the next action coming at home next Friday through Sunday as George Washington visits Fred Handler Park in A-10 play.
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