ST. BONAVENTURE at FORDHAM
Friday – Sunday, March 22-24
The St. Bonaventure baseball team travels to Fordham this weekend to open Atlantic 10 play with the first three-game conference series of the season Friday through Sunday in the Bronx.
Friday, 3:00 p.m. – RHP Tyler Germanowski (0-1, 11.81) vs. LHP Matt Mikulski (1-3, 5.16) | Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – RHP Braydon Nelson (1-0, 3.93) vs. RHP John Stankiewicz (3-1, 1.03) | Live Stats | Live Video
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Ben Contento (0-2, 9.31) vs. RHP Alvin Melendez (2-0, 1.62) | Live Stats | Live Video
KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder continued his strong start to the season with his no doubt, two-run home run Tuesday vs. Bucknell. It was his third round-tripper of the year and his two hits on the day rose his batting average to .385, tied for sixth in the A-10 this spring. He leads the Bonnies with 36 total bases including 10 extra-base hits in 52 at-bats and is tied for third in the A-10 in homers.
SCORCHING SCHUTZ: After 11 games, senior Alex Schutz leads the Bonnies in batting average, hitting at a .386 clip. Schutz, who has been the team's everyday right fielder following an injury to fellow senior Mike Magnanti, is tied for the team lead with Kelder in extra-base hits – seven doubles, two triples and a homer. His .449 on-base percentage easily paces the team thus far. Overall among all A-10 players, Schutz ranks third behind only Dom D'Alessandro and Nate Fassnacht of GW who both are hitting .430.
NEW FACES UP THE MIDDLE: The Bonnies have a new double play tandem up the middle as redshirt junior Kevin Higgins has shifted to second base and freshman Branden Myers has debuted at shortstop. Higgins, who was with the program in his sit year as a transfer last season, had two more hits Tuesday vs. Bucknell to raise his batting average to .289. Myers, who Sudbrook has praised for his tremendous defensive potential, has five starts and a .364 on-base percentage.
GERMANOWSKKKKKKKKKKKKKI: Head coach Larry Sudbrook has described redshirt freshman Tyler Germanowski as having electric stuff, and the newcomer to the Bona pitching staff showed some of that potential last Friday when he struck out 13 batters at Miami (OH) in just five innings. That strikeout total is the most by a Bonnies pitcher since Aaron Phillips struck out 13 vs. La Salle April 28, 2017 and the last time a Bonnies pitcher had more was May 20, 2016 when Connor Grey fanned 15 batters at Saint Joseph's. Germanowski is in good company – both Phillips and Grey were drafted and are currently playing in the minor leagues, for San Francisco and Arizona respectively.
MOFFAT MOWS: Junior Donovan Moffat had his career-long outing Tuesday vs. Bucknell, throwing four scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn his first win of the year. He allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter, striking out five, another career high. The performance lowered his season ERA to 1.69 in six appearances out of the 'pen.
NELSON'S NUMBERS: Sophomore right-hander Braydon Nelson is due to get the start Saturday and looks to maintain a strong start to the season. Nelson has fanned 22 batters in 18.1 innings of work and limited opponents to a .200 batting average against.
- The Rams were picked to finish fourth out of 13 teams in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll after winning 35 games last season including 16 in A-10 play.
- Fordham is 12-9 overall this season and 6-1 on home turf.
- John Stankiewicz ranks second in the A-10 with a 1.33 ERA and Kyle Martin's four saves is tied for second in the league. As a team, the Rams' 3.67 staff ERA is second in the league. Offensively, the Rams are hitting just .244, but Jake Mackenzie leads the league in stolen bases with 15 in 18 games to go along with a .352 batting average.
UP NEXT: The Bonnies next play at home, hosting Atlantic 10 foe La Salle at Fred Handler Park next Friday through Sunday.
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