The spring semester was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing an unexpected and unceremonious end to the careers of student-athletes across the nation. Though the season was brought to an early close, that does not take away from the accomplishments of St. Bonaventure's senior student-athletes.
While multiple members of the baseball senior class have elected to accept an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, two student-athletes in the Class of 2020 will finish their collegiate playing careers following graduation.
Despite not having a traditional Senior Day, we honor our graduating seniors with a "virtual Senior Day" while both players anticipate returning to campus in the fall for their "last lap" around the Handler Park base paths, a longstanding Bonnies Baseball tradition.
Casey Vincent is a four-year member of the Bonnies Baseball program, taking an important spot on the team's pitching staff each year.
He began his career by earning Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors in 2017, helping the Bonnies reach the A-10 Tournament. He went 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA that season, serving as a part of the conference rotation with five or more strikeouts in six of his starts, working six or more innings in all but two of his eight A-10 starts.
As a sophomore, he led the team in wins and ERA, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.88 ERA in nine appearances. He was at his best in A-10 play with a 3-0 record and 2.13 ERA, limiting conference opponents to a .226 batting average against that season. He battled injury as a junior but still struck out 30 in 47.1 innings.
In all, he made 38 career appearances including 28 starts, striking out 115 batters in 168.1 innings of work.
A standout in the classroom, he already earned a graduate degree while being a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll each semester with a 3.9 GPA.
Jeff Palczewski spent the past three seasons with the program, starting nearly every game at third base for the team.
He started 85 of 89 games at third during his Bonnies career, after transferring from Buffalo following his freshman season.
He hit .278 with 19 RBIs during his first season with the team, including a .350 batting average with runners in scoring position. As a junior, he led the team with a .298 average in Atlantic 10 games, collecting seven doubles and two home runs with a .416 on-base percentage.
For his career, he hit .257 with a .357 on-base percentage in the Brown and White. He earned his degree in sociology in May.
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