ST. BONAVENTURE at MIAMI (OH)
Friday – Sunday, March 15-17
The St. Bonaventure baseball team returns north after more than a week in Florida, heading to Miami (OH) for a three-game non-conference weekend series.
MATCHUPS / START TIMES
Friday 5:00 p.m.: RHP Elijah Baez (0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Sam Bachman (3-0, 2.89 ERA) | Live Stats
Saturday 4:00 p.m.: RHP Braydon Nelson (1-0, 2.70) vs. RHP Spencer Mraz (3-1, 3.38) | Live Stats
Sunday 1:00 p.m.: RHP Casey Vincent (0-0, 1.35) vs. RHP Jack Corbell (2-0, 1.96) | Live Stats
FLORIDA RECAP: The Bonnies played seven games in Florida at the Snowbird Classic to begin the season March 2-10. Bona finished the trip with a 1-6 record, though it had opportunities for other victories. After a 6-2 win over Mount St. Mary's March 4, the Bonnies led 4-0 over the Mount but could not make that lead stick, falling 5-4. SBU also dropped a 4-3 decision in 12 innings vs. Central Connecticut.
SCHUTZ SCORCHES: Senior outfielder Alex Schutz earned an opportunity to play everyday during the Florida trip and made the most of it, staying red-hot at the plate. Schutz finished the trip hitting .419 including eight extra-base hits and his first career home run. He finished the week with a .455 on-base percentage and an .806 slugging percentage.
KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder matched his home run total of last year in one week as he delivered two round-trippers during the Florida trip. He finished the week with eight extra-base hits, more than the total he had as a freshman. He also owns the early season team lead with seven RBIs. Entering the Miami series, Kelder has picked up at least one hit in each of the seven games this season.
HANG ANOTHER K: In his first outing of the season, sophomore right-hander Braydon Nelson struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work vs. Mount St. Mary's, a new career high. In that March 4 effort, he picked up the win after scattering three hits and walking only two while surrendering just one earned run. He finished his Florida trip with 16 strikeouts over 13.1 innings in two starts. Last year, he had a team-best 53 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.
MURPH'S WORK: Junior right-hander Murphy O'Brien was solid in Florida, posting a 1.86 ERA over four appearances in relief with 9.2 innings out of the Bona bullpen. Last Saturday vs. Central Connecticut, he threw five innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. The performance matched his career-long outing, five innings of shutout work March 24, 2017 at Saint Louis.
VINCENT'S RETURN: Right-hander Casey Vincent was limited entering the season due to injury, but used the Florida trip to build up his pitch counts. Vincent, who is slated to re-join the starting rotation this weekend, pitched well this past week – he allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings over three relief appearances, striking out five. When healthy he has been one of the team's best arms the past two years – he has 88 strikeouts and a 4.38 ERA over 123.1 innings during his Bonnies career.
UP NEXT: The Bonnies are scheduled to debut at Fred Handler Park this coming Tuesday, March 19 when Bucknell visits for a non-conference game at 3 p.m. That is the last scheduled non-conference competition before Atlantic 10 play begins with a trip to Fordham March 22-24.
ABOUT MIAMI (OH)
- Miami (OH) enters the three-game weekend series against the Bonnies winning eight in a row and 10 out of its last 11 games. The Red Hawks finished 35-20 overall and 17-10 in Mid-American Conference play. Miami fell in the championship game of the MAC Tournament to Kent State.
- Freshman catcher Cole Andrews leads all Red Hawk batters with a .390 batting average and is tied for the team lead in home runs with two. Cristian Tejada, Mackay Williams and Cal Elvers are all hitting over .300 on the season.
- On the bump, Sam Bachman is 3-0 in four starts and is carrying a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. Jack Corbell is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA while Spencer Mraz and Bailey Martin are both 3-1. Junior lefty Nick Urbantke has not allowed a run in seven innings pitched this season, striking out nine opposing batters.
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