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Bonnies To Host La Salle in First Home A-10 Series of 2019

Bonnies To Host La Salle in First Home A-10 Series of 2019

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. LA SALLE
Friday – Saturday, March 29-30
Fred Handler Park
TV: ESPN+ | Radio: 107.1 FM (Friday)
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

The St. Bonaventure baseball team makes its Atlantic 10 debut on home turf this spring as it welcomes La Salle to Fred Handler Park for a three-game series this weekend. Because of inclement weather in the forecast, the teams are now slated to play a doubleheader Friday starting at noon with the third game set for Saturday at noon.

PROBABLES / COVERAGE:
Friday, 12:00 p.m. - RHP Braydon Nelson (1-1, 3.31) vs RHP Aiden Frye (1-2, 6.60) | Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
Friday, Game 2 - RHP Tyler Germanowski (0-2, 9.87) vs LHP Colin Scanlon (2-1, 4.30) | Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. TBA vs. LHP Jackson Ray (1-3, 4.70) | Live Stats | Live Video 

MOFFAT, CONTENTO BLANK FORDHAM: Junior left-hander Donovan Moffat and senior righty Ben Contento combined for a two-hit shutout of Fordham last Sunday as the Bonnies picked up their first A-10 win of the year, 1-0. Moffat got the start and threw five innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts while Contento worked the final four frames for his first career save, striking out four. It was the first 1-0 win for the Bonnies since a March 11, 2018 win at James Madison – and on that day, Contento started and got the win while it was Moffat who closed out things for the save.

MOFFAT MOWS: Sunday's showing was a continuation of what has been a great spring for Moffat. Last week, he went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA after nine scoreless innings – four in relief in a win over Bucknell last Tuesday and five in a starter's role at Fordham on Sunday – striking out 10 while walking only two. Perhaps most impressively, he did not allow a baserunner to advance past second base during the two appearances. For the year, his ERA is a team-low 1.15 and opponents have hit .182 against him.

HENSHAW STREAKING: Senior Brandon Henshaw continues to lift his batting average with strong work at the plate as of late. He enters the La Salle series with a nine-game hit streak, longest by any Bonnies player so far this spring, to raise his average to an even .300. Tyler Kelder also had a nine-game hit streak earlier in the year and Sam Fuller previously hit safely in seven straight.

NEW FACE BEHIND THE PLATE: Junior catcher Kevin Koziol made his first Bonnies start Sunday at Fordham and immediately made an impact. Koziol, who previously played at Erie Community College and Mercyhurst, threw out two attempted base stealers and held on for a crucial late innings out on a play at the plate to preserve the shutout. An Orchard Park native, Koziol was a two-sport star in high school in both football and baseball, following in the footsteps of his father who played football at Youngstown State.

KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder continued his strong start to the season with his no doubt, two-run home run last Tuesday vs. Bucknell. Kelder leads the Bonnies in homers, RBIs (12), total bases (37) and is tied for the team lead with senior Alex Schutz with 10 extra-base hits.

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 March 15 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.

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, has started all 14 games. Myers, who Sudbrook has praised for his tremendous defensive potential, has eight starts and a .367 on-base percentage.

FULLER NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD NOMINEE: St. Bonaventure senior Sam Fuller is one of 30 national candidates for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award for baseball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. Fuller, who has been an everyday starter in the outfield the past two years, is a Google Cloud Academic All-American and also is active in University Ministries and community work in his local area.
 
IN A PINCH: Sophomore Matthew Williams has seen expanded playing time this season, particularly against left-handed pitching, but he has especially shined pinch-hitting. Though a small sample size, Williams has had the most pinch hit opportunities for the Bonnies this spring and has made the most of his chances, going 3-for-4 as a pinch hitter. He already has eight starts as well after starting just one game as a freshman.
 

700 AND COUNTING: Last season, St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook set two career milestones. With his 698th career victory, he became the all-time winningest coach in Atlantic 10 history and later on in the spring, he surpassed 700 career coaching victories. He entered the season with 702 career wins and 309 in Atlantic 10 play.