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Bonnies Drop Saturday Doubleheader at GW

Donovan Moffat struck out seven in seven innings of work in game two. (Photo: Becky Polaski)
Donovan Moffat struck out seven in seven innings of work in game two. (Photo: Becky Polaski)

ARLINGTON, Va. – George Washington commanded the early game, then fought from behind to drop the St. Bonaventure baseball team in a Saturday doubleheader by scores of 10-3 and 6-5 in 10 innings.

GAME 1 – George Washington 10, St. Bonaventure 3 | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies were playing from behind early and a middle innings surge helped GW put the opener on ice.

The Colonials got two runs on just one hit in the second, but the Bonnies cut within a run on an RBI ground out from Tyler Kelder in the fourth.

GW immediately answered with two runs in the home half of the fourth, but a sacrifice fly from Branden Myers brought the Bonnies back within 5-2.

All doubt was ended as the Colonials tacked on with a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three more in the seventh to stretch the lead to eight.

Ben Contento started and struck out four in five innings, allowing three earned runs.

GAME 2 – George Washington 6, St. Bonaventure 5 (10 innings) | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies led from the first inning on, but George Washington rallied to win in extras for the series sweep.

St. Bonaventure scored three times in the first for the advantage early. Sam Fuller led off with a single and scored on a double down the line from Jeff Palczewski. An out later, Matthew Williams brought Palczewski home with a liner over the shortstop and he would also score when Kevin Higgins dumped a double into the right centerfield gap.

GW closed within 3-2 after four, but the Bonnies found an additional two runs in the fifth following another double from Palczewski and a shot deep in the hole at short from Kelder that scored Palczewski from second for Kelder's 32nd RBI of the year.

The Colonials led off the sixth with a homer to straight away center from Nate Fassnacht to edge within two again, 5-3.

Finally, the hosts came all the way back in the eighth.

Bonnies starter Donovan Moffat left the game with the lead after surrendering just two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven in another strong start for the junior left-hander. Unfortunately for the Brown and White, the Colonials quickly attacked the Bona bullpen as a single and a homer to left center from Dom D'Alessandro tied the game at five-all.

The game went to extra innings where the Colonials would finish things off. The hosts loaded the bases with no outs and Noah Levin sent everyone home with a walk-off single to left.

Fuller, Palczewski and Higgins all had two hits apiece for SBU.

The Bonnies were eliminated from postseason play over the weekend and will wrap up the 2019 season with three games at home this coming week against Davidson. St. Bonaventure will host the Wildcats for a Thursday doubleheader at Handler Park beginning at noon before completing the season with Senior Day Friday, May 17 at noon.

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