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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure hammered out 17 hits and scored its second win in as many days, 9-5, over rival Niagara Wednesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
The Bonnies (11-24) had to rally in the middle innings to pull ahead and take control.
Niagara (11-28) grabbed the lead early, pulling ahead by three.
A bases loaded walk and a steal of home came back-to-back for a 2-0 lead in the third. The Purple Eagles made it a 3-0 advantage on a run-scoring single from Darian Blanks in the fourth.
Bona quickly came back, however.
The Bonnies plated four runs on five hits in the home half of the fourth to take the lead.
A Ben MacDonald RBI single got the Bonnies into the scoring column and SBU tied the game on a triple down the right field line from Branden Myers. One batter later, Ryan O'Connor smacked a double into right center for a 4-3 edge.
The offense continued in the fifth. Tyler Kelder led off with a double to left, scoring after a single from Matthew Williams and another two-bagger from Brandon Henshaw. Two more runs would cross the plate when Kevin Higgins punched a hit through the right side.
St. Bonaventure led 9-3 before Niagara got two runs back in the eighth to make things interesting.
Daniel Stauffer made his pitching debut, though, and got the five outs without allowing a base runner and striking out two to end the game.
Six Bonnies players had multiple hits – Kelder, Higgins and O'Connor each posted three while Williams, MacDonald and Myers all had two apiece. Eight of nine Bonnies in the lineup had at least one hit.
St. Bonaventure next travels to Saint Joseph's for three A-10 games this weekend beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
- Myers delivered his first career triple.
- O'Connor's three hits are a career high for the senior.
- With two doubles on the day, Kelder now has 15 for the season and ranks tied for ninth in Bonnies single season history dating to 1985.
- Kelder had his 10th multi-hit game and fourth of three or more hits.
- SBU's 17 hits were behind only the 21 hits at Penn State last month as the most this season for the team.
- Wetter's three innings and four strikeouts were season highs for the senior.
- St. Bonaventure won the season series vs. Niagara, 2-1.
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