The St. Bonaventure baseball team makes one mid-week trip this week, heading for Little Three rival Niagara for the first of a pair of scheduled doubleheaders this season.
RIVALS MEET AGAIN: The Bonnies and Purple Eagles meet each year with Niagara owning a 12-9-2 advantage in the series since 2010. Last year, Niagara took all three meetings including a doubleheader sweep at home. After playing two this week, the Purple Eagles will make the return trip to Fred Handler Park for another doubleheader between the teams Tuesday, April 16.
FULLER ON A-10 LEADERS LIST: Senior Sam Fuller enters the week leading the team among players with at-least 50 at-bats with a .338 batting average. That total ranks ninth among all A-10 players this season. Fuller also is second in the league with five triples. Since 1985, only one Bonnies player has posted more triples – Glenn Hamel, who had seven in 1990.
KELDER CONTINUES BREAKTHROUGH SEASON: Tyler Kelder kept a late-innings rally going for the Bonnies with an RBI double to the fence Sunday vs. Dayton. For Kelder, it was his 11th double of the season, a total that is fifth-highest in the Atlantic 10 in just 22 games.
PITTMAN'S ROLE GROWS: Joshua Pittman has seen his role in the Bonnies bullpen expand greatly this spring. After throwing 7.1 innings in his first season pitching with SBU, he has become one of the first pitchers called upon out of the 'pen in 2019. He has already made nine appearances this spring, the second-most of any Bonnies reliever behind only Murphy O'Brien. For the year, Pittman is 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA.
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.
- The Purple Eagles are looking to snap a six-game losing streak and pick up their first home win after dropping their initial four games on home turf. Niagara is currently 2-4 in the MAAC and has struggled offensively with a .227 team batting average.
- Michael Gabriele leads Niagara with a .297 batting average and 12 RBIs while Max Giodano has a team-high three home runs and 17 RBIs.
- As a staff, the Purple Eagles own a 6.86 team ERA.
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