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Hawks Walk Off in 10 Innings, 3-2

Braydon Nelson struck out seven in eight innings Friday. (Photo: Becky Polaski)
Braydon Nelson struck out seven in eight innings Friday. (Photo: Becky Polaski)

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PHILADELPHIA – A walk-off error allowed the game-winning run to score as the St. Bonaventure baseball team dropped a heartbreaker in 10 innings, 3-2, at Saint Joseph's Friday afternoon.

SBU (11-25, 5-11 A-10) trailed after a first inning tally by the Hawks, but took the lead in the fourth with one swing of the bat.

Ryan O'Connor led off with a bunt single, setting the table for Tyler Kelder. The sophomore outfielder delivered his seventh home run of the year, a bomb to left for a 2-1 advantage.

Braydon Nelson made that lead stick as he set down 14 consecutive Saint Joseph's batters between the end of the first and the sixth innings.

The Hawks (17-23, 9-7) tied things in the seventh on a one-out single from Liam Bendo.

The pitchers' duel continued, sending the game to extras.

In the 10th, Bona reliever Joshua Pittman retired the first two batters of the inning before Brendan Hueth singled to center and stole second. Pittman induced a groundout that looked like it would end the inning, but a wide throw dribbled down the right field line to allow the game-winning run to score.

Sam Fuller went 3-for-4 for the Bonnies, collecting half of the team's hits.

Nelson tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Pittman was charged with a hard-luck loss as he did not allow an earned run in his 1.2 innings of relief.

The two teams are slated to play a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

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