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Baseball Welcomes Dayton To Handler Park For Three-Game Set

Baseball Welcomes Dayton To Handler Park For Three-Game Set

ST. BONAVENTURE (6-13, 3-3 A-10) vs. DAYTON (14-13-1, 4-2 A-10) 
Friday – Sunday, April 4-6
Fred Handler Park – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

The St. Bonaventure baseball team returns home for its second consecutive Atlantic 10 series at Fred Handler Park, welcoming Dayton for a three-game set.

PROBABLES / COVERAGE
Friday, 3:00 p.m. – RHP Braydon Nelson (1-1, 4.91) vs. LHP Hunter Wolfe (4-3, 2.87) | Live Stats | Live Audio (107.1 FM Olean)
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Tyler Germanowski (0-2, 8.10) vs. RHP Ben Hughes (0-0, 4.02) | Live Stats | Live Audio (107.1 FM Olean)
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – TBD vs. RHP R.J. Wagner (2-1, 3.03) | Live Stats

BONNIES BLAST PENN STATE WEDNESDAY: SBU won at Penn State, 18-6, Wednesday night with its best offensive outing of the year. The 18 runs and 21 hits the Bonnies recorded were the most for the program since a win over Dayton April 2, 2017 – the last time the Flyers visited Fred Handler Park.

CAREER DAYS AT PSU: The Bonnies received production throughout the lineup on Wednesday – six players had at least two hits – but several players posted career nights. Kevin Higgins had career highs in hits (five) and RBIs (six); Brandon Henshaw finished with career bests in hits (four) and runs (six); Jeff Palczewski had a career-high four hits and freshman Branden Myers drove in a pair of runs for the first time this season.

HISTORICAL HIGGINS: Kevin Higgins joined the program record books with one of the best days in recent memory by any Bonnies player April 3 at Penn State. His five hits and six RBIs were the most by any Bonnies player in over two years. In the past 15 seasons, only two players – Bubba Hollins in 2017 and Randy Moley in 2008 – had more hits in a game (6) while in recent history only Hollins' eight RBIs in the 2017 Davidson game and the seven RBIs from David Vaccaro vs. George Mason in 2016 are higher totals.

EXTRA-BASE LEADERS: A pair of Bonnies rank in the top five nationally in extra base hit categories this season. Sam Fuller enters this weekend as the nation's leader in triples per game (0.29) and also ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with five triples total and just two players (Jacob Crum, Central Michigan, seven; Jake MacKenzie, Fordham, six) have more three-baggers nationwide this spring. Tyler Kelder, meanwhile, stands fifth in Division I in doubles per game (0.53) with 10 in 19 games.

TOP 10 SAM: Not only is Fuller among the nation's leaders in triples, he also is near the top of the A-10 in batting average. Through 17 games played, Fuller boasts a team-best .357 batting average – a total that is seventh in the Atlantic 10. Fuller is just a week removed from going 8-for-9 in a doubleheader sweep of La Salle at home last Friday.

GO THREE: The Bonnies have smacked 12 triples in their 19 games this season – a total that leads the country if you break it down by game (0.63). In total, the Bonnies stand 16th in the nation in triples for the year.

O'BRIEN EARNS THE 'W': Junior Murphy O'Brien locked down the Penn State bats on Wednesday night, working 4.1 innings while allowing no earned runs and striking out four. O'Brien improved to 2-1 on the season with a 3.70 ERA and has worked more innings than any other reliever on the team – 24.1 – and ranks second on the club overall in innings pitched.

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 DAYTON

  • The Flyers enter the weekend at 14-13-1 overall on the season and 4-2 in Atlantic 10 play, but just 4-9-1 on the road. Dayton split a pair of midweek games, winning at home over Butler Tuesday, 6-1, before dropping a 12-8 decision at Bowling Green.
  • Dayton ranks ninth in the Atlantic 10 in team batting average (.252) and fifth in team ERA (4.41).
  • Thus far the Flyers have won their first two conference series, taking two out of three against both Saint Louis and UMass. March 22-24, the Flyers dropped the middle game of a three-game set at Saint Louis, 4-3, but won the opener, 3-2, and the rubber game, 4-2.  Hosting UMass, Dayton swept a doubleheader, winning 6-0 and 11-2, on March 29, and dropped the final game on March 31, 9-2.
  • Senior outfielder Connor Echols returns after batting .293 with 34 RBIs in 2018. Also, redshirt sophomore outfielder Mitchell Garrity returns after putting up 10 doubles and 27 RBIs last year. Sunday probable starter R.J. Wagner currently ranks 10th in the league in ERA at 3.03.

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