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Bonnies Earn Doubleheader Split With George Washington

Alex Schutz provided the Bonnies with a spark following a pinch hit 2-RBI double in game two. (Photo: Becky Polaski)
Alex Schutz provided the Bonnies with a spark following a pinch hit 2-RBI double in game two. (Photo: Becky Polaski)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Alex Schutz drove in a pair of runs and Jeff Palczewski brought in three as the St. Bonaventure baseball team rallied for a doubleheader split with George Washington Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park. After dropping a 5-2 decision in the opener, the Bonnies scored an 8-5 come-from-behind win in the nightcap.

The Bonnies stand at 9-23 overall on the year and 5-10 in Atlantic 10 play while George Washington moved to 23-18, 9-5.

GAME 1 – George Washington 5, St. Bonaventure 2 | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies struck for a pair of runs in the first inning. Mike Magnanti got aboard on an error, then came in to score when Ryan MacCarrick laced a double to the fence in left center. MacCarrick went to third on the throw home and scored one batter later when Brandon Henshaw brought him in on a ground out. Bona threatened for more after Palczewski doubled and David Vaccaro sent a rocket to left that was caught on an outstanding dive to save a run.

From there, though, Colonials starter Jaret Edwards settled into a groove and was picked up by his offense.

The speed of leadoff man Isaiah Pasteur led to a run in the third with an infield single and a stolen base and GW tied the game with another run in the fifth.

The visitors grabbed their first lead of the day with one down in the sixth when Dominic D'Alessandro drove a solo homer out to left.

George Washington tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth for insurance.

Brandon Schlimm started and worked eight innings, striking out five. James Wetter threw a scoreless ninth without allowing a runner.

GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 8, George Washington 5 | Box Score (PDF)

George Washington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through two innings, but the Bonnies would respond in the middle innings.

GW starter Elliott Raimo breezed through the first three innings, but the Bonnies got to him in the fourth.

Magnanti led off with a walk and moved to second when MacCarrick walked as well. Palczewski then got the Bonnies on the board with a hit up the middle.

The Brown and White would push ahead in the fifth.

Tyler Kelder started things with a hit to left center and moved to second on an infield hit from Ben MacDonald. Schutz then came in to put a bunt down as a pinch hitter, but after a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up he was able to swing away and came through by driving a double to center for the 3-3 tie. MacCarrick would later put the Bonnies ahead on a sacrifice fly.

A four-run seventh provided pivotal insurance.

MacCarrick, Palczewski and Henshaw all drove in runs with the rally finishing on a triple off the bat of Henshaw.

Those runs would prove important as GW posted two runs in the eighth and threatened in the ninth. Wetter was able to work out of trouble, though, getting the final four outs to pick up the save.

Casey Vincent improved to 4-1 on the season after working 7.1 innings, striking out six.

The Bonnies and Colonials will finish the series Saturday at 1 p.m.  

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