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Early Deficit Too Much To Overcome as Bonnies Drop 9-5 Decision To CCSU

Early Deficit Too Much To Overcome as Bonnies Drop 9-5 Decision To CCSU

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Late offense could not overcome seven runs between the second and third innings from Central Connecticut State as the St. Bonaventure baseball team fell to the Blue Devils, 9-5, Friday afternoon at the Snowbird Classic.

Central Connecticut (1-3) pushed two runs across in the second inning and broke the game wide open with a five-run third.

From there the Bonnies were left trying to dig out of a large early hole.

The Blue Devils added another run in the fourth and led, 8-0, before the Bonnies would finally get onto the scoreboard.

A run-scoring ground out from Brandon Henshaw scored Ryan O'Connor to start the scoring for Bona and the Brown and White would add two more runs in the seventh.

Alex Schutz doubled home a run and a fielding error from CCSU scored another. In the eighth, Tyler Kelder slammed his second home run of the week and Henshaw brought in a fifth run with a grounder to short, scoring Schutz after a triple.

That would be the extent of the offense for the Bonnies, though, and the early damage from Central Connecticut would be too much to battle back from.

Sam Fuller had his best day of the week at the plate, posting three hits out of the leadoff spot, while Schutz went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kelder, batting .458 in 24 at-bats this week, collected two more hits and Branden Myers made his collegiate debut, smacking two hits in two tries including a double in his first Bona at-bat.

Casey Vincent pitched well in relief (4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K). Tom Curtin (1-0) got the win for CCSU with seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits.

The Bonnies and Blue Devils renew acquaintances Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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