ST. BONAVENTURE (13-26, 6-12 A-10) at GEORGE WASHINGTON (27-22, 8-13 A-10)
Friday – Saturday, May 10-11
PROBABLES / COVERAGE
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Braydon Nelson (2-4, 5.85) vs. RHP Elliott Raimo (0-2, 3.13) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – RHP Ben Contento (1-4, 5.48) vs. LHP Rich Pfluger (4-1, 4.19) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
Saturday, Game 2 – LHP Donovan Moffat (4-3, 2.54) vs. RHP Jaret Edwards (6-3, 5.43) | Live Stats | TV: ESPN+
SCHEDULE CHANGES: Due to rain in the forecast in the D.C. area this weekend, the first game of the series is now slated for a noon start on Friday while the teams are set for a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
CHASING RECORDS: Senior Sam Fuller roped his seventh triple of the season during Bona's win over Cornell on Tuesday, tying the program's season record as he matched the seven triples from Glenn Hamel in 1990. No other player has had more than five in a season in the modern era of the program dating to 1985. For his career, Fuller has 10 triples which ranks second behind only Hamel's 13.
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.
ACE WORK: Friday starter Braydon Nelson is coming off his best Atlantic 10 start of the year when he allowed just two runs in eight innings, striking out seven at Saint Joseph's last week. Nelson now has 62 strikeouts in 60.0 innings, ranking 13th in season history for SBU and 11th in the Atlantic 10 this season. His 9.30 strikeouts per nine innings this year would rank ninth in program history.
MORE FOR MOFFAT: Junior lefty Donovan Moffat earned his fourth win of the year Tuesday in relief vs. Cornell, tying Murphy O'Brien for the season lead in victories on the hill. Tuesday was also Moffat's 63rd career appearance with the Bonnies, tying him for Jordan Crane '12 for third all-time in the modern era of the program. Cory Sudbrook '10 (84 appearances) and Cody Vincent '08 (70) are the only to Bonnies pitchers to appear in more career games for the Brown and White. When Moffat earned the save
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP: Sophomore first baseman/DH Matthew Williams has come alive at the plate as of late. He has a trio of three-hit games this year with two coming in back-to-back contests – in the series finale at Saint Joseph's last weekend, he went 3-for-6 including the game-winning hit. He again matched his career-high with three more hits in the win over Cornell Tuesday, driving in two more runs to lift his season batting average to .262.
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 and Cornell, combining for 4.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
AROUND THE DIAMOND: St. Bonaventure's defense has quietly become one of the best in the Atlantic 10. Steadily climbing throughout the spring, the Bonnies have a .967 fielding percentage for the year, a total that ranks fifth in the league this year.
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