MERION STATION, Pa. – St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's played a pair of one-run ballgames in Atlantic 10 doubleheader action Saturday afternoon with the Hawks taking game one, 3-2, before the Bonnies battled back for an 8-7 win in the finale.
GAME 1 – Saint Joseph's 3, St. Bonaventure 2 | Box Score (PDF)
For the second consecutive game, the Bonnies fell by a 3-2 score after a late rally came up short.
Saint Joseph's (18-24, 10-8 A-10) led early, scoring twice in the first inning.
St. Bonaventure (12-26, 6-12) cut its deficit in half in the second inning, but lost an opportunity for more. A fielder's choice and two walks loaded the bases before Branden Myers worked the third walk of the inning to force in a run. A strikeout on a called third strike ended the threat, though, as the Bonnies left the bases loaded.
The Hawks picked up what would turn out to be a very important insurance run when Langston Livington homered in the fourth.
Bona loaded the bases again in the fifth, but a ground out forced the visitors to go scoreless in the frame.
Tyler Kelder smashed his eighth home run of the season and second of the weekend to lead off the ninth and Kevin Higgins singled to put the tying run on with one away. Joe's closer Cole Stetzar buckled down for the final two outs, however, with a fly out to center and a ground ball at third to end the game.
Higgins collected three hits in the game to pace the offense.
Ben Contento (1-4) tossed six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out five. Daniel Stauffer and James Wetter combined for the final six outs over two scoreless last innings.
Bona worked seven walks against Joe's starter Luke Zimmerman in his 3.2 innings, but turned those base runners into just one run. Jose Martinez (2-3) worked 4.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for the Hawks.
GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 8, Saint Joseph's 7 | Box Score (PDF)
SBU held on late in a slug fest during the nightcap as all three games in the series finished separated by just a run.
The visitors got a lead in the opening inning when Jeff Palczewski was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the game's first run. Kelder doubled the lead with a two-out single through the right side.
An infield hit from Higgins followed by a fielding error by the Hawks second baseman allowed the lead to grow to 6-2 in the fourth, but the Hawks soon answered.
Livingston played long ball again in the fifth – this time in grand slam fashion to the game, 6-6. That tie would stand until the seventh.
Matthew Williams came through with his second game-winning hit of the week as he drove a two-out, two-run double to left to break the tie.
The Hawks had one last rally – in the ninth, Brendan Hueth tripled to lead off and scored on a single from James McConnon one batter later. Bonnies reliever Donovan Moffat was able to secure three straight outs after that, though, to pick up the win.
Murphy O'Brien (4-1) recorded his fourth win in relief this year with 3.1 scoreless innings of work, not allowing a base runner while throwing 21 of 30 pitches for strikes. Moffat earned his fourth save.
The Bonnies return home to host Cornell on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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