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First Inning Sours Bonnies' Hopes in Saturday Loss at Fordham

First Inning Sours Bonnies' Hopes in Saturday Loss at Fordham

BRONX, N.Y. – A disastrous first inning was the difference Saturday afternoon as the St. Bonaventure baseball team fell at Fordham, 8-1.

In the first, the Rams batted around and scored seven times to set the tone.

Bonaventure starter Braydon Nelson struck out leadoff man Alvin Melendez, but Melendez would reach base on a passed ball. A walk and a wild pitch scored the first run of the game, then a single to right from Jake MacKenzie made it a 2-0 game.

Nelson made a good pitch on the hands of Matt Tarabek, but a slow roller on the left side went as a single in no man's land. A single through the left side by Nick Labella and a hit to the hole at short helped push the lead to 4-0 as Fordham seized control early.

Three more runs scored in the first – including another run on an infield single and a second run off a wild pitch as just two hits left the infield during the seven-run frame.

From there, Fordham never looked back.

The early run support was more than enough for starter John Stankiewicz (4-1) who lowered his season ERA to under 1.00 with six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 10.

SBU got a run in the eighth on a groundout from Jake Foden.

Brandon Henshaw had two of Bona's three hits and Kevin Higgins had the third.

Nelson settled down after the first and did not allow another run over his next four innings. Murphy O'Brien (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K) struck out three.

The series finale will see first pitch Sunday afternoon at noon.

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