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Baseball Hosts La Salle in First Home Series of 2021

Baseball Hosts La Salle in First Home Series of 2021

ST. BONAVENTURE (0-3) vs. LA SALLE (8-7)
Saturday – Sunday, March 27-29
Fred Handler Park

St. Bonaventure hosts its first home games at Fred Handler Park in 680 days when it comes La Salle to Western New York this weekend. The two teams are set to play four games – two seven-inning doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, beginning at noon each day after Friday's scheduled game was postponed to the weekend due to inclement weather in the forecast. The schedule is subject to change given questionable weather in the forecast this weekend – schedule updates will be posted to the team's Twitter page @BonniesBaseball.

While the Bonnies and Explorers are traditionally Atlantic 10 foes, but these four games will not count toward A-10 standings. The two teams will meet later on this year in Philadelphia April 23-25 and those games will be A-10 contests as both squads are in the A-10 North Division in the reformatted league slate this year.

We are pleased to let you know that St. Bonaventure University is granting an exception to the campus visitor's policy to allow limited attendance at outdoor sporting events this spring beginning Friday, March 26, 2021.

Each St. Bonaventure student-athlete will be allowed a maximum of two (2) parents to each home sporting event. Parents and fans of visiting teams are not permitted on campus this semester.

Credentials, which will have your child's name on it and you will pick up at the first home game you attend, must be prominently displayed while in attendance. Parent(s) must complete an online health screening form prior to arriving on campus and may not arrive more than 20 minutes before the scheduled start of that day's game. Parent(s) must check-in at a designated spot to show their completed health assessment and record their attendance for contact tracing purposes. Any pre-and-post-game tailgating and gathering is prohibited.

St. Bonaventure students are also permitted at Bonnies home games. All fans in attendance are asked to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.

The Bonnies had their first games in over a year when they traveled to Youngstown State last weekend. The Penguins swept the three-game set, winning game one 6-4, 7-1 in game two and 22-6 in the finale.

Bona received a pair of quality starts – Donovan Moffat tossed six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and walking just one. Elijah Baez worked six innings in his start, allowing three runs on four hits.

Chet Szablewski drove in three runs and Tyler Kelder picked up three hits and drew three walks in the series. Brendyn Stillman got on past six times with a pair of hits and worked four walks.

The Explorers are 8-7 early in the season, including a 4-3 record on the road. The team is fresh off a pair of wins, winning at George Mason in the second game of a March 20 doubleheader before winning at Mount St. Mary's, 8-4, this past Tuesday.

La Salle is hitting .250 through 15 games as a team, led by Connor Coolahan (.333/.417/.405) and Tatem Levins (.305/.348/.492) with Levins pacing the squad with 15 RBIs. Nick Di Vietro (.289/.449/.342) adds an on-base and speed threat (3-for-3 in stolen base attempts) while the team is 19-for-22 in stolen base attempts in total.

On the mound, Frank Elissalt (2-0, 3.24) has struck out 36 in 25 innings while Colin Scanlon (1-2, 3.27) has fanned 22 in 22 innings of work. In the 'pen, Jordan Morales (1-1, 2.35) has converted a pair of saves. As a team, La Salle has posted a 6.14 ERA.

The Bonnies are a veteran team, bringing back returners around the diamond. 

Around the infield, the Bonnies have starting experience at first base (Matthew Williams), second (Kevin Higgins) and shortstop (Branden Myers). In the outfield, Tyler KelderBrendyn StillmanGarrett Boldt and Ben Berger have all either seen extensive starting time or were slated to do so last year before the spring sports shutdown. 

On the hill, the Bonnies return three of their slated conference starters from a year ago - Donovan MoffatElijah Baez and Andrew White - and also welcome back experienced relievers Murphy O'Brien and Joshua Pittman while Kyle Caringi and Tripp Breen made their debuts last season before the campaign was cut short. 

In all, the Bonnies return all but two positional starters from last season.

For the full season preview, click here.

When Atlantic 10 play begins, it will be under a new format this spring. The new 24-game conference alignment will see the first Bona A-10 games come the weekend of April 9-11 at Fordham with a trip to the Bronx. This season, conference series will be four-game weekend sets with Saturdays featuring seven-inning doubleheader contests while the Friday and Sunday games remain nine innings.

The Bonnies travel to Virginia for another non-conference series vs. an Atlantic 10 opponent, playing a pair of doubleheaders at George Mason next Friday and Saturday.

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