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Bonnies Head To James Madison For Non-Conference Games

Bonnies Head To James Madison For Non-Conference Games

Thursday - Friday, April 18-19
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The Bonnies and Dukes are meeting for the second consecutive year in Virginia after JMU grabbed a series victory, two games to one last season. JMU won convincingly in the opening two days of that March 2018 series (14-3, 9-5), but the Bonnies responded with some tremendous pitching in the series finale for a 1-0 getaway day win. In all though, the teams have just met five times previously with JMU owning a 4-1 series advantage all-time.


Both teams are in the midst of bye weekends in their conference schedules and will take a brief look away from their playoff hopes this weekend. While the Bonnies are 4-8 in Atlantic 10 play, the Dukes have the same record in the CAA despite owning 21 victories overall. While the Bonnies will return home next weekend to host Richmond in Atlantic 10 play, JMU will play host to Hofstra in CAA competition next weekend as well.

WRITE THEM IN INK: Three Bonnies have played in every game this season – Jeff 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.

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.

SCENE OF THE K'S: If any Bonnies player has fond memories of playing at James
Madison it would be redshirt senior Ben Contento. The right-hander had perhaps his best career outing March 12, 2018 as he struck out a career-high 11 JMU batters in just five innings, allowing just one infield single, to earn Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week honors. He combined with Donovan Moffat on a 1-0 shutout win.

FULL START: Senior Sam Fuller has been off to an outstanding start to the 2019 season. After posting five hits during Tuesday's doubleheader at Niagara, he pushed his  batting average to .368. A tough three-game set at Saint Louis last week bumped him to .327 for the year, a mark that is still best on the team. His five triples are second in the conference and third in the country and just two off the SBU program record since 1985. Fuller still ranks 15th in A-10 batting average and slugging (.510) and is second in triples as well as tied for eighth in stolen bases (12).

KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder has been one of the A-10's top power hitters this spring. He belted his fifth home run of the year on April 9 at Niagara. He also has driven 11 doubles, a mark that is eighth in the A-10 this season.

TRIO OF SLUGGERS: Three Bonnies continue to rank in the A-10's top-15 in slugging percentage for the year. One name might be easy to guess - sophomore Tyler Kelder has been a middle of the order bat and home run leader for the Bonnies. But both Sam Fuller and Alex Schutz have provided some pop at the top of the order as well - Schutz leads the Bonnies and is 10th in the A-10 with a .528 slugging percentage while Kelder is 14th (.513) and Fuller 15th (.510).

GERMANOWSKKKKKKKKKKKI: Redshirt freshman Tyler Germanowski remains one of the A-10's leaders in strikeouts with his combination of mid-90s fastball and potentially devastating slider. Germanowski struck out a career-high 13 batters last month at Miami (OH) and posted his highest Atlantic 10 strikeout total of nine vs. La Salle in late March. Now a member of the A-10 weekend rotation, Germanowski ranks second in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.52.

NELSON TAKES FRIDAY STARTER ROLE: Sophomore Braydon Nelson has locked himself into the Bonnies' Friday conference starter spot this season and has shined at times. He leads the squad in strikeouts with 44 and is eighth in the A-10 in strikeouts per nine innings (9.58).

WILLIAMS' CAREER DAY: Throughout the spring, Bonnies head coach Larry Sudbrook has praised the play of sophomore Matthew Williams and his at-bats. Though
Williams hasn't had much to show at times for solid at-bats and good contact, the lefty finally broke through April 9 at Niagara. Williams, who has primarily gotten at-bats as a designated hitter this season, smacked his first career home run and drove in a career-high four runs in a game two victory, going 3-for-5 at the plate.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Senior Jake Foden has seen his name in the lineup more since the calendar turned to April and he has responded at the plate. Foden collected two hits each April 2 at Cornell and April 6 vs. Dayton. He was back in the lineup April 9 at Niagara and responded with his first home run as a Bonnies player, a three-run bomb. Then, April 13 at Saint Louis, he had the key hit, a double that cleared the bases in the sixth inning of an 8-5 win.

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