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Bonnies Drop Doubleheader vs. Canisius

Senior Matt Eastman struck out the side in his first pitching appearance. (Photo: Becky Polaski)
Senior Matt Eastman struck out the side in his first pitching appearance. (Photo: Becky Polaski)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Visiting Canisius took control in game one and held on for a victory before scoring a come-from-behind win in the nightcap to sweep a doubleheader from the St. Bonaventure baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.

GAME 1 – Canisius 15, St. Bonaventure 8 | Box Score (PDF)

Canisius (27-18) moved ahead early with an unearned run in the first inning and that lead would stick until the third when the Bonnies tied things.

Ben MacDonald led off the frame by working a walk, then went to third on a successful hit-and-run when Mike Magnanti shot a single through the right side. MacDonald would later come home on a sacrifice fly from Ryan MacCarrick for the tie.

The Golden Griffs would break the deadlock with a run in the fifth, and then broke the game open with four runs in the sixth with the biggest blow coming from a three-run homer off the bat of Gage Lanning.

Canisius moved ahead 12-1 before the Bonnies found offense in the eighth. Jeff Palczewski doubled in two runs and Ryan O'Connor singled home another. Tyler Kelder then slammed a three-run homer out to left to cut within 12-7.

The Griffs put the game away, however, with a three-run home run of their own in the eighth.

Magnanti, MacCarrick and Palzewski all had two hits apiece in the first game.

Casey Vincent started on the mound, working five innings and allowing just one earned run with three strikeouts. Senior Matt Eastman made his first appearance on the hill, striking out the side on 15 pitches.

GAME 2 – Canisius 6, St. Bonaventure 5 | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies (9-28) held a lead through the middle innings, but a three-run seventh and a go-ahead run in the ninth pushed the Griffs to a doubleheader sweep.

Bona jumped on top early in the nightcap, thanks to using the long ball.

Vincent put the first runs of the game on the scoreboard in the second inning with a blast to right for his first round-tripper and a 2-0 advantage.

Canisius cut the lead in half with a run in the fourth, but the Bonnies responded in the home half with a sacrifice fly from Ryan O'Connor to extend the lead back to two.

After the Griffs pulled within a run once more with a tally in the top of the fifth, Vincent responded by punching an RBI single to right for another two-run advantage.

The visitors would plate three runs on three hits in the seventh with a single by Gage Lanning giving Canisius their first lead, 5-4.

The Brown and White tied the game once again when MacCarrick laced a double to lead off and later came in to score when Kelder brought him in with a double of his own.

The 5-5 tie would last until the ninth when the Griffs loaded the bases with no outs. Connor Morro then hit into a double play that would score the winning run.

Vincent had two hits and knocked in three runs while Kelder also finished with two hits.

Brian Pulli started and tossed five innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

Next up for the Bonnies is a three-game Atlantic 10 series vs. Saint Louis on Friday.

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