ST. BONAVENTURE (11-24, 5-10 A-10) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (16-23, 8-7 A-10)
Friday – Saturday, May 3-4
PROBABLES / COVERAGE
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Braydon Nelson (2-4, 6.40) vs. RHP Jordan DiValerio (4-4, 4.36) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Ben Contento (1-3, 5.65) vs. LHP Luke Zimmerman (2-0, 4.68) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
Saturday, Game 2 – RHP Casey Vincent (0-5, 5.82) vs. RHP Ryan Devine (2-1, 4.56) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
Rain in the Philadelphia area forecast this weekend has prompted a change to this weekend's schedule. The teams are now set to play Friday at noon and then a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, also at noon.
BONNIES TAKE BACK-TO-BACK MID-WEEK 'W'S: St. Bonaventure was in non-conference mid-week action Tuesday at Binghamton and home Wednesday vs. Niagara and grabbed wins both days. The Bonnies won the two games in differing fashion – Tuesday, it was a pitching gem that got the win as Donovan Moffat (7.0 IP) and Joshua Pittman (2.0) combined for a shutout. Wednesday, Bona smacked 17 hits in a 9-5 victory over Niagara.
O'CONNOR HITS CAREER HIGH: As part of Wednesday's win, six Bona players had at least two hits including senior Ryan O'Connor who drove a career-best three hits on the day, also driving in a run. O'Connor boosted his batting average to .340 on the season with his performance including a .404 on-base percentage in 56 plate appearances.
KELDER CONTINUES TO CLIMB: Sophomore Tyler Kelder smoked two doubles in Wednesday's victory, giving him 15 for the season. That moves him into a tie for ninth in SBU history in program records dating back to 1985. He now sits in a three-way tie with Brian Pellegrini (2006) and Joe Rizzo (2005) with the most doubles by any Bona player since Cole Peterson finished 2017 with 16. He is also tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 this year in the doubles category.
TRIPLES LEADER: Senior Sam Fuller delivered his sixth double of the season this past weekend, putting him just one off the Bona program record since the '85 season – Glenn Hamel had seven three-baggers in the 1990 season. With 32 games played this year, no player in NCAA Division I has more triples per games played than Fuller this spring.
DONNIE DEALS: Junior lefty Donovan Moffat continued his impressive spring this past Tuesday, setting a career-high with seven innings of shutout ball, also striking out six to narrowly miss another career best. With the outing, he lowered his season ERA to 2.45, a total that ranks third in the Atlantic 10. Among A-10 pitchers with enough innings this spring to qualify, only John Stankiewicz of Fordham (1.20) and Connor Gillispie of VCU (1.93) have lower ERAs. His 1.01 WHIP is also fourth in the league.
NELSON AMONG A-10'S K LEADERS: Bona Friday starter Braydon Nelson continues to rack up the strikeouts. The sophomore right-hander leads the Bonnies with 55 strikeouts this season and his 9.52 strikeouts per nine innings stands ninth in the A-10 this season.
ANOTHER ROLE FOR STAUFFER: Sophomore Daniel Stauffer made his debut on the mound Wednesday vs. Niagara and was impressive in his first pitching performance since his high school days. Stauffer, who had appeared in 36 games as a catcher the past two seasons, got the final five outs vs. Niagara and looked very impressive doing so – he did not walk a batter and struck out two, hitting 89 mph on the radar.
MYERS POSTS FIRST TRIPLE: Freshman Branden Myers roped his first career triple Wednesday, one of two hits on the day. Myers has been outstanding at shortstop in his debut collegiate season, making just three errors in 27 starts with a .966 fielding percentage.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S
- The Hawks rank fifth in the A-10 in batting average (.271) and 10th in team ERA (5.66)
- Catcher Andrew Cossetti is among the A-10 leaders in homers with seven as well as RBI with 36.
- Saint Joseph's was picked to finish 10th in the A-10 preseason poll, but so far as exceeded those expectations by entering this weekend in the final playoff spot. The Hawks are tied with Fordham for sixth at 8-7 in conference play. Last weekend, the Hawks dropped two of three at Dayton, but took series wins over La Salle (2-1) and George Washington (2-1) and were swept by Fordham after starting the conference season with three straight wins over George Mason.
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