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Bonnies Drop Doubleheader To Saint Louis Friday

Ryan MacCarrick delivered his 100th hit in a Bonnies uniform with a double during game two Friday. (Photo: Becky Polaski)
Ryan MacCarrick delivered his 100th hit in a Bonnies uniform with a double during game two Friday. (Photo: Becky Polaski)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Atlantic 10 leader Saint Louis swept a doubleheader from the St. Bonaventure baseball team Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park, taking game one by a 9-1 score before grabbing the nightcap, 8-4.

Senior Ryan MacCarrick had three hits on the day, giving him 100 over his two seasons with the Bonnies.

Prior to the game, St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook was honored for reaching 700 career victories and becoming the Atlantic 10 leader in wins all-time.

GAME 1 – Saint Louis 9, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)

The Billikens started strong with a run in the first and three more in the second to take control.

Jake Garella effectively put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the fourth inning.

That was more than enough for starter Miller Hogan, who improved to 8-3 on the year by striking out nine over his seven innings of work while scattering four hits.

Jeff Palczewski and Ryan MacCarrick each had two hits for the Bonnies.

Senior Brandon Schlimm made his final home start and struck out three in 5.2 innings. Freshman Braydon Nelson tossed 3.1 scoreless frames of relief, allowing only one hit.

GAME 2 – Saint Louis 8, St. Bonaventure 4 | Box Score (PDF)

Both teams posted a run in the first inning with the 100th hit of MacCarrick's Bona career, a double to right center, setting the stage for SBU's tally. After MacCarrick got aboard, a Billikens throwing error allowed him to score for the tie.

SLU moved ahead with two runs in the third when Nick Reeser delivered a two-out RBI single to break the 1-1 tie. A wild pitch allowed Saint Louis to take a two-run edge.

Bona threatened to rally multiple times.

In the fifth, Daniel Stauffer worked a walk and Ryan O'Connor singled to put the tying run on base. Alexander Ferlenda and Mike Magnanti each hit a pair of fly balls well, one to left and one to right, but both were caught to end the threat.

David Vaccaro smacked a home run out to left in the sixth and the Bonnies put two more runners aboard in the seventh before the Billikens worked out of the jam.

Ultimately, the visitors put the game on ice with three runs in the eighth inning.

An RBI triple from Sam Fuller scored pinch runner Nate Grant from first and Vaccaro brought home another run with a ground out in the eighth.

Brian Pulli started and worked a career high six innings, also striking out a career best seven batters and allowed only three earned runs.

The two teams are set to complete their series Saturday at 11 a.m. with senior ceremonies following the game.

St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook, accompanied by University President Dr. Dennis DePerro and Director of Athletics Tim Kenney, was honored in pre-game for becoming the all-time Atlantic 10 leader in wins and reaching 700 career victories earlier this season.

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