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DAYTON, Ohio – A career day on the mound from sophomore Casey Vincent paved the way to another milestone afternoon for St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook as the veteran Bonnies skipper scored his 700th win with Bona shutting down Dayton, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Woerner Field.
Vincent (3-1) fanned a career high eight batters as he tossed his first collegiate complete game and did so in shutout fashion. The second-year starter surrendered just four hits while walking four and distributed his outs evenly – along with eight strikeouts, he picked up 10 fly outs and eight ground outs including a double play ball that ended the game with the tying run at first.
For Sudbrook, it was another in a long line of career achievements.
The three-time and reigning Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year has led the program for over three decades and earlier this season became the all-time leader in victories as a member of the Atlantic 10. No other A-10 coach has been a part of as many victories while being a league member as Sudbrook - he surpassed former UMass head coach Mike Stone's 697 earlier this season. Sudbrook also added to a win total that sees him as far and away the winningest coach in St. Bonaventure athletics history. Along the way, he has guided the Bonnies to 22 seasons of 20-plus victories.
Runs were at a premium on Saturday with the Bonnies putting a tally on the board in each the third and fourth innings.
Sam Fuller set the table in the third with a leadoff double down the left field line. Mike Magnanti then got aboard on an error that placed runners at the corners, and with two outs, Fuller would cross the plate on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, David Vaccaro smacked a one-out double to left, moving to third on a ground out. With two down, Fuller came through again with a base hit through the left side for a two-run edge.
Vincent, whose older brother Cody was a key part of the pitching staff during the season in which Sudbrook won his 500th career game in 2008, was able to make that lead stick.
Dayton (9-25, 3-8 Atlantic 10) would have its threats – it had runners at second and third in the first and second innings, but failed to cash in.
After getting out of the second inning jam, Vincent settled into a rhythm and retired 13 straight batters before Dayton would threaten again in the seventh. A hit batter and a walk put runners at first and second and a foul out and stolen base put the tying run into scoring position. A strikeout and a fly out averted trouble, however.
Vincent worked a perfect eighth, but Dayton would have one more chance. In the last of the ninth, a single and a walk again put the tying run on. Vincent was able to coax a ground ball to short, allowing Brandon Henshaw to start a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Bona (8-21, 4-8) had 10 hits on the day including two apiece from Fuller, Magnanti, Vaccaro and Ryan MacCarrick who has now reached base safely in 20 straight games.
The Bonnies and Flyers are set for a noon first pitch Sunday in the rubber game of the series.
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