ST. BONAVENTURE (13-29, 6-15 A-10) vs. DAVIDSON (23-20, 11-6 A-10)
Thursday – Friday, May 16-17
Fred Handler Park
The St. Bonaventure baseball team wraps up its 2019 season by hosting Davidson for three Atlantic 10 games at Fred Handler Park. The final series will have a different schedule than usually seen in conference sets – the Bonnies and Wildcats will play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at noon followed by the season finale Friday at noon.
PROBABLES / COVERAGE
Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Braydon Nelson (2-5, 5.91) vs. RHP Casey Sutherland (6-1, 3.06) | Live Stats
Thursday, Game 2 – RHP Casey Vincent (0-5, 6.44) vs. RHP Allen Barry (6-2, 3.80) | Live Stats
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – RHP Ben Contento (1-5, 5.48) vs. RHP Josh Hudson (4-2, 4.13) | Live Stats
DOZEN SENIORS SET FOR LAST LAP: The Bonnies will honor their 12 graduating seniors following Friday's game. In keeping with program tradition, each senior will take a final lap around the Handler Park basepaths to cap their career. Mike Magnanti, Ryan O'Connor, Sam Fuller, Nolan Hayward, Brian Pulli, Brandon Henshaw, Ben Contento, Jake Foden, Alexander Ferlenda, Alex Schutz, James Wetter and Matt Borowski will all be honored during the Senior Day festivities after Friday's contest. For more on each senior, click the program insert above.
FULLER'S FULL RESUME: Senior Sam Fuller enters the final weekend of the season with a lengthy list of accolades. Last week, he was named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA All-District Team for the second straight year thanks to his work both on the field and in the classroom. He also ranks first in the Atlantic 10 in triples (7), tied seventh in stolen bases (16), 15th in on-base percentage (.434) and 17th in batting average (.322). One more triple would break a tie with Glenn Hamel (1990) for the program's all-time season record.
KELDER'S POWER PLAY: Sophomore Tyler Kelder has put up some of the biggest power numbers by a Bonnies player in the past decade. His nine home runs this year are fifth in the league and the most by any SBU player since 2010 – he also ranks eighth in the A-10 with 15 doubles and his 24 extra-base hits are also the most by any Bonnies player in nine years. He homered again last weekend at George Washington and drove his batting average for the year up to .296. In eight games during the month of May, Kelder is hitting .429 and slugging .743. One more home run would tie him with Mike Schaefer's 1988 total of 10 for 11th in program history while two this weekend would put him into an eight-way tie for fourth.
KEVIN'S CLIMB: Also hot at the plate as of late has been junior Kevin Higgins. The first-year member of the active roster has hit .405 during the month of May, pushing his average for the year to .279. He homered last weekend and has nine RBIs this month, most on the team.
MOFFAT'S MOMENTUM: Junior left-hander Donovan Moffat continues to be the most reliable arm on the pitching staff this spring and one of the top arms in the Atlantic 10. He leads the Bonnies in ERA (2.54), batting average against (.221), saves (4) and appearances (20). His ERA ranks fourth among all Atlantic 10 pitchers this season and ranks 78th in the nation. His 1.02 WHIP also is 52nd among all Division I pitchers on the year. With another solid start Saturday at George Washington, he made his 64th career appearance to pass Jordan Crane '12 for third all-time in the modern era of the program. Only Cody Vincent '08 (70) and Cory Sudbrook '10 (84) have made more appearances on the hill in a Bonnies uniform. His nine career saves also ranks tied for third in program history along with Billy Urban '13 and Matt Gunesch '03, nine off the program record.
- At 11-6 in conference play, the Wildcats are third in the A-10 standings and have locked up a spot in next week's conference tournament.
- Davidson ranks seventh in the league in team ERA at 5.18, but all three probable starters this week have ERAs under 4.2.
- The Wildcats are 10th in the league for team batting average at .252, but boast one of the league's top hitters in Eric Jones who bats .353 for the season.
- Ruben Fontes boasts a team-high 12 homers on the year and the Wildcats lead the A-10 with 55 bombs on the year, well ahead of second-place Richmond's 46.
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