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The St. Bonaventure baseball team will finish up its home schedule by hosting Atlantic 10-leading Saint Louis Friday and Saturday. The Bonnies and Billikens will face off in a doubleheader Friday beginning at noon and then finish the series Saturday with another noon start.
The Bonnies have a pair of ceremonies on deck during Saturday's game. Prior to the game, St. Bonaventure will honor head coach Larry Sudbrook for reaching 700 career wins and becoming the all-time leader in Atlantic 10 victories earlier this year. PLEASE NOTE: If rain is likely Saturday, this ceremony will take place before Friday's game one instead.
Following Saturday's game, the Bonnies will honor their senior class by giving the seniors a traditional "last lap" around the bases at Fred Handler Park.
BONNIES SENIOR CLASS
Each of the Bonnies six graduating seniors will be honored following the final game of the series Saturday – Matt Eastman, Nate Grant, Ryan MacCarrick, Brandon Schlimm, David Vaccaro and Roman Wild.
Matt Eastman is a four-year member of the St. Bonaventure baseball program. During that time, he has played in 49 games primarily as a first baseman. Last weekend, he made his first appearance on the mound and struck out the side vs. Canisius. He has also been a standout in the classroom, frequently earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll with a better than 3.9 GPA as a finance major.
Our next senior is Nate Grant. Nate is a four-year member of the St. Bonaventure baseball program who has worked as both a starting pitcher and a reliever during his time with the Bonnies. Over the past four seasons, he has made 56 appearances on the mound with five victories. He enjoyed his best season as a sophomore when he made 23 relief appearances with a 3.90 ERA. This season, he has made 12 appearances including four starts. Nate is a Sports Studies major.
Ryan MacCarrick has been an impact player during his two seasons with the Bonnies. He joined the program from Erie Community College where he spent his first two collegiate seasons and immediately became a starter in the outfield as a junior. Last year, he helped the Bonnies to one of their best seasons in recent memory by hitting .284 with six home runs and 22 RBIs. This year, he is hitting .317 with 18 RBIs. In all, he has played in 85 games and has compiled 97 hits in the Bonnies uniform and a .298 career batting average. A Sports Studies major, he is also a Dean's List student in the classroom.
Our next senior is Brandon Schlimm. A four-year member of the Bonnies baseball program, he ranks high in many career statistics. Brandon is fourth in career starts with 41, sixth in career ERA at 3.96, fifth in career innings pitched with 261 and eighth in career strikeouts with 188. His sophomore season will go down as one of the best seasons for any Bonnies pitcher when he had seven wins and a 2.11 ERA which ranks third in Bonnies season history. Following that season he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams. This season, he has struck out 42 batters in 48.1 innings of work. Brandon is a Sports Studies major.
Our next senior is Dave Vaccaro. Dave has been a part of the program for the past three seasons after playing for a year at Monroe Community College. He has played in 134 games while being a mainstay in the Bonnies lineup for three years. Last season, he hit .273 with five homers and 31 RBIs and was a key part of a team that finished third in the Atlantic 10 standings. He has posted 114 hits during his time with the Bonnies and has stolen nine bases with seven doubles this season. Dave is a Psychology major.
Roman Wild has been a member of the St. Bonaventure baseball program for the past two years after starting his college career at Corning Community College. He has been a big part of the Bonnies bullpen during his time with the program. Roman has made 37 appearances out of the bullpen during his two seasons in Brown and White. Last year, he pitched in 22 games and earned three wins and a save while striking out 22 batters in 29.1 innings of work. This spring, he has struck out 22 in 25 innings with a 3.96 ERA in 15 appearances. Roman is an Accounting major.
- Junior Mike Magnanti continues to rank in the top 10 of the Atlantic 10 for batting average (.328, 10th) and on-base percentage (.440, second). Only VCU's Hogan Brown ranks higher among A-10 players in OBP (.448 vs. .440).
- Senior Ryan MacCarrick is the only Bonnies player to start all 37 games this season entering the weekend. MacCarrick enters the weekend with 97 hits as a Bonnie, behind only teammate David Vaccaro for the active team lead. Vaccaro has 114 hits in his time as a Bonnie.
- Sophomore Casey Vincent stands 10th in the Atlantic 10 with a 2.76 ERA on the season in eight appearances. He is the only pitcher in the top 10 of the league's ERA not to allow multiple home runs on the season – he's surrendered just one.
- Despite hitting just five home runs as a team this season, the Bonnies had two during their doubleheader with Canisius last Sunday. Sophomore Casey Vincent hit his first career collegiate home run, a two-run blast to right, and freshman Tyler Kelder smacked his second homer of the season after sending one over the fence in left.
- Sophomore Jeff Palczewski is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with runners in scoring position this season, best among team regulars.
- Freshman Braydon Nelson leads the team with 45 strikeouts and is 15th in the Atlantic 10 in strikeouts per nine innings (8.32).
- Redshirt sophomore Brian Pulli got the start and threw a career high five innings in game two last Sunday vs. Canisius, allowing two runs.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS
The Billikens sit atop the Atlantic 10 standings with a 15-3 mark and had just one loss in conference play before last weekend when Davidson took two of three at SLU. That left SLU with a bit more work to do to clinch the top seed with two series remaining as they will finish at St. Bonaventure and at George Washington. Davidson moved into second place in the conference ranks at a 14-7 record following last week's series. Sophomore outfielder Jake Garella is the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after hitting .529 last week and he owns a .353 average for the season, fourth-best in the league. Starter Miller Hogan stands third in the league in ERA at 2.18 while fellow weekend starters Drew Revino (2.26) and Jackson Wark (3.61) have been very steady as well. In all, the Billikens hold a .281 team batting average and a sparkling 3.49 team ERA.
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