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Kelder, Higgins Homer, But Rally Falls Short in 11-9 Setback at GW

Tyler Kelder smacked his ninth home run of the season Friday, most by any Bonnies player in nine years. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)
Tyler Kelder smacked his ninth home run of the season Friday, most by any Bonnies player in nine years. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)

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ARLINGTON, Va. – St. Bonaventure surged back from nine runs down early to put the tying run on base in the ninth, but the rally came up short as the Bonnies fell at George Washington, 11-9, Friday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 series opener.

George Washington (28-22, 9-13 A-10) seized all control early – the Colonials scored twice in the opening inning, then broke it open with seven in the third for a 9-0 cushion.

The Bonnies (13-27, 6-13) chipped away, but that early deficit would prove too much to overcome.

Tyler Kelder finally got the Bonnies on the board in the fourth as he blasted his ninth home run of the season. In the fifth, Jeff Palczewski plated a run with an RBI single and another run came across on sac fly from Branden Myers.

Bona got within 9-5 after a run-scoring ground out from Kevin Koziol in the seventh and another rally an inning later.

In the eighth, the Bonnies picked up a run on a ground out from Palczewski and threatened for more as Brandon Henshaw pinch hit with two on and two out, lifting a ball to the warning track that was caught to end the inning with the score still separated by four.

The Colonials scored two runs of insurance that would prove to be key in the last of the eighth when Noah Levin singled in a pair of runners with a hit through the right side.

Bona plated four runs in the ninth, highlighted by a three-run homer from Kevin Higgins to pull within a pair. Jake Foden and Palczewski walked back-to-back with two away to put the tying run on base. Alex Schutz then hit a comebacker to the mound fielded cleanly by GW closer Andrew Wheeler to end the game.

Levin drove in four runs to lead the GW offensive attack.

The teams will finish the series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Kelder's nine home runs are the most by any Bonnies player since Jesse Bosnik finished the 2010 season with 11 and Nick Brennen hit 10 in the same year. Kelder also reached 30 RBIs for the year, most for SBU since 2017.
  • Higgins' home run was his second of the year and lifts his season RBI total to 26.
  • Kelder, Higgins and Palczewski all had two hits.
  • Braydon Nelson started and was charged with five earned runs. He struck out three, moving to 65 strikeouts for the season which ranks 10th in Bona season history. He passed Brandon Schlimm (64, 2016), Jim Britton (64, 2009), Aaron Bouie (63, 1999) and Cody Vincent (62, 2006) on Friday.

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