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Baseball Hosts Niagara Tuesday Afternoon

Baseball Hosts Niagara Tuesday Afternoon

ST. BONAVENTURE (8-19) vs. NIAGARA (8-23)
Tuesday, April 16 – 2:00 p.m. (DH)
Fred Handler Park
Online Coverage – Game 1 Live Stats | Game 2 Live Stats

BONNIES, PURPLE EAGLES RENEW ACQUAINTENCES: St. Bonaventure plays host to Niagara Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference doubleheader at Fred Handler Park. The two teams played just last week in a twinbill at Niagara, with the teams splitting the pair of games. Niagara captured a 9-4 win in game one before the Bonnies took a 10-6 victory in the nightcap.

LAST MEETING: Sam Fuller paced the Bonnies by going 5-for-9 at the plate during the doubleheader last week. It was his second tremendous doubleheader this year – he went 8-for-9 during a March doubleheader vs. La Salle as well. In general, the day brought some offensive fireworks – SBU hit four home runs on the day. Fuller smacked a homer to lead off game one, following the fifth home run of the year by Tyler Kelder. In game two, Jake Foden and Matthew Williams both cracked their first homers in Bonnies uniforms.

JP RIDING HOT STREAK: Junior Jeff Palczewski's batting average has steadily been on the rise over the past 10 games. He's hit .324 over that stretch, getting on-base at a .405 clip.

WRITE THEM IN INK: Three Bonnies have played in every game this season – Palczewski, Brandon Henshaw and Tyler Kelder have all started in each of Bona's 27 contests this year. In the past two years, Palczewski has started 61 of 70 SBU contests while Kelder has been in the starting lineup in 63 and Henshaw a team-high 68 starts.

UP NEXT: The Bonnies have a bye from Atlantic 10 competition this week and will head to James Madison for two non-conference games Thursday and Friday in the state of the Virginia.

ABOUT NIAGARA

  • The Purple Eagles won one of a three-game series at Monmouth this past weekend, taking a 5-0 victory on Saturday. Monmouth took a 9-3 final in Saturday's game one and 8-3 win in Sunday's series finale.
  • Michael Gabriele leads Niagara with a .314 batting average along with 15 RBIs while Peter Battaglia, who homered twice vs. the Bonnies last week, has team highs in homers (6) and RBIs (19), tied with Max Giordano.
  • As a staff, the Purple Eagles own a 6.70 team ERA.

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