The St. Bonaventure baseball team wraps up the non-conference schedule when it hosts Cornell on Tuesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
WEEKEND REVIEW: The Bonnies played three one-run games this past weekend at Saint Joseph's with the Hawks coming out on the right side of those nail biters in the first two games before the Bonnies salvaged an 8-7 win in Saturday's finale. Sophomore Braydon Nelson got a tough-luck no-decision on Friday after tossing eight innings of two-run ball, striking out seven and walking none. The Bonnies lost, though, in 10 innings on a walk-off error, 3-2. SBU dropped another 3-2 pitcher's duel in Saturday's first game before bouncing back with eight runs on 14 hits, holding on late for a one-run triumph.
KELDER BOMBS: Sophomore Tyler Kelder continues to be a power bat for the Bonnies and has been swinging well over the last 10 days. Kelder has hit three home runs in the past 10 games to bring his season total to eight. He now ranks sixth in the A-10 in homers and his 15 doubles not only are tied for fifth in the conference this season, the total also stands tied for ninth in Bona season history in records dating to 1985. His eight home runs are the most by any Bonnies player since Bubba Hollins also hit eight in 2017 – Hollins now plays in the Miami Marlins organization. The last time a Bonnies player hit more homers in a season was 2010 when Jesse Bosnik smacked 11 and Nick Brennen homered 10 times. Kelder's 23 extra-base hits this spring are also the most by a Bonnies player in a season since Bosnik hammered 36 extra-base hits during the 2010 season.
MURPH'S WORK: Junior Murphy O'Brien was perfect in two appearances last week, earning wins in both games. He tossed 6.1 innings and did not allow a baserunner via a walk nor a hit and he struck out three. He now owns the team lead with four wins and his 17 relief appearances also pace the Bonnies this season.
STAUFFER THE PITCHER: Sophomore Daniel Stauffer is listed as a catcher in the game program and made his first 35 career appearances behind the plate. In the past week, though, the Pennsylvania native has shown promise on the mound as well. He made his collegiate pitching debut last week vs. Niagara and also tossed against Saint Joseph's, combining for 2.1 scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out two.
SERIES HISTORY: The Bonnies and Big Red are meeting for the second time this year and the Bonnies are looking to return the favor after dropping an 8-1 decision April 2 in Ithaca. Luke Yacinich threw six scoreless innings for the win while Adam Saks went 4-for-5. Jake Foden was the only Bonnies player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4, though Sam Fuller had a hit and walked twice. Strangely, last month's meeting was the first time the Bonnies had played Cornell since 1931 – SBU has never beaten the Big Red in nine tries (0-8-1) with the initial meeting coming all the way back in 1893.
- Pitching continues to be the Big Red's strength this season. Cornell ranks second in the Ivy League with a 4.49 earned run average, and it leads the league in team shutouts (three), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.12), WHIP (1.43) and walks allowed per nine innings (3.21).
- Senior Adam Saks has 16 hits in the past 10 games to lift his batting average to a team-high .337, reaching base safely in all 25 starts in center this year. Fellow senior Will Simoneit ranks second with a .288 average and a team-best five homers as well as an active 10-game hitting streak. Junior Alex Carnegie paces the squad with 17 RBIs.
- Cornell is seventh in the eight-team Ivy League standings with an 8-13 conference record this spring.
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