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.
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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