The St. Bonaventure baseball team has a pair of non-conference mid-week games, heading to Cornell on Tuesday before traveling to Penn State on Wednesday night.
HAVE DAY, SAM: Senior Sam Fuller had a day to remember Friday during a doubleheader vs. La Salle. Fuller went 8-for-9 combined during the two games and had four extra-base hits – two doubles and two triples. In just two games, he lifted his season batting average by a whopping 93 points. Fuller tripled twice in Friday's game two win, the first time a Bonnies player has smacked multiple triples in a single game since Cole Peterson did so April 28, 2017 at La Salle. Now with five triples on the year, Fuller leads all Atlantic 10 players in three-baggers.
KOZIOL'S FOUR-HIT DAY: Junior catcher Kevin Koziol has started the past four games behind the plate and has already shown strong defensive ability, throwing out a pair of base stealers in a win at Fordham. Last Saturday vs. La Salle, he had a great day at the plate as well – he went 4-for-4 in the game including a triple.
KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder blasted his fourth home run of the season Friday vs. La Salle, showing an impressive display of power with a shot to straight away centerfield, over the 402' sign at Fred Handler Park. Kelder leads the Bonnies in round-trippers, as well as doubles (nine), RBIs (18) and total bases (47) and also has a team-best seven games of multiple RBIs. For the year, Kelder ranks tied for seventh among all A-10 players in homers.
STREAK CONTINUES: Senior Brandon Henshaw enters the week with a 12-game hitting streak, longest of any Bonnies player this season. The streak dates to March 9 during the team's Florida trip and over that span Henshaw has collected 18 hits and a .346 batting average. It's the longest hit streak for the program since Ryan MacCarrick put together a 16-game hit streak last season.
FIRST 'W' FOR PITTMAN: Sophomore Joshua Pittman earned his first career win in the game one victory over La Salle this past Friday. The Virginia native saw just 7.1 innings of work during his freshman season, but has already tossed 11.0 innings of relief this spring.
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.
ABOUT CORNELL: The Big Red is 5-13 overall on the season and 2-4 in Ivy League play. Cornell went 14-24-1 overall last season and 9-12 in league play, finishing sixth in the Ivy standings. Senior catcher Will Simoneit was an All-Ivy pick last year, but is hitting .213 so far this spring. In fact, just one player is hitting over .250 – Nicholas Binnie checks in at .282, but the Big Red is hitting .188 as a team through 18 games. Right-hander Luke Yacinich is scheduled to start for Cornell and he owns a 1-3 record and 15.88 ERA in five appearances and 11.1 innings of work.
ABOUT PENN STATE: The Nittany Lions are 14-8 overall this season, but 0-5 in Big Ten play. PSU is coming off a pair of one-run losses in league action at Purdue last weekend (1-0, 2-1) and also hosts Bucknell on Tuesday before welcoming SBU to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Wednesday night under the lights. PSU went 15-34 a season ago, and is hitting just .233 as a team this spring, led by Jordan Bowersox's .305 batting average though only two players are hitting better than .280. The Nittany Lions have been strong on the hill, though, posting a 3.43 staff ERA thus far.
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