ST. BONAVENTURE (1-8) at FORDHAM (12-6)
Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10
The St. Bonaventure baseball team opens up Atlantic 10 play this weekend at Fordham. The weekend schedule has been altered due to inclement weather in the forecast later this weekend: Instead of a three-day series, the two teams will play doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Friday's first game is slated for 1 p.m. and will be nine innings. Game two will follow and is set for seven innings. Saturday, first pitch is scheduled for noon and game one will be seven innings while the series finale will be nine innings. Friday's games are slated to air on ESPN+.
2021 ATLANTIC 10 FORMAT
A-10 play gets underway this weekend with a new season format in place. Teams will play four-game series each weekend with the middle two games set for seven innings. Games one and four will be nine innings. The Bonnies will be in the North Division and two A-10 Tournament spots will be in play - also in the division are Fordham, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island and UMass. The A-10 Tournament is scheduled for May 27-29 on campus at the highest seed.
Tyler Kelder comes into the series red-hot after an impressive non-conference series last weekend at George Mason. The redshirt junior outfielder went 10-for-16, reaching base 12 times in 18 plate appearances. Seven of his 10 hits went for extra bases - five doubles and two home runs. He also drove in four runs during the weekend. Through nine games, he leads the Bonnies with a .484 batting average and .568 on-base percentage.
With his effort last weekend, he moved into seventh all-time in Bonnies career home runs (21), just one away from a tie with Eric Wilson '04 and Jonathan Myler '01 for fifth.
The Bonnies picked up three quality starts last weekend at George Mason. Elijah Baez picked up a tough-luck loss, but was outstanding in his start - he tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out a pair. Donovan Moffat earned a complete game win on the hill in a seven-inning game, striking out seven and allowing three earned runs. In the finale, Andrew White did more than enough to earn a win, not allowing a single earned run in his six innings, scattering four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
BERGER'S NUMBERS RISE
Ben Berger took over in centerfield during last week's series and had a strong weekend, lifting his season numbers with six hits during the series. Berger has eight hits in 19 at-bats and a .421 batting average with a .450 on-base percentage.
PUTNEY AT THIRD
Jack Putney started all four games last weekend at third base and finished the series with five hits including two doubles.
WILLIAMS WILL DRIVE IN RUNS
Matthew Williams had three extra-base hits last weekend: a double, a triple and a home run. During the series, he led the Bonnies with six RBIs and his 11 total bases were second only to Kelder's 21.
After this weekend's games, the Bonnies return home for their Atlantic 10 home opener with four games on deck vs. Saint Joseph's Friday through Sunday.
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