ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure shutout visiting Saint Joseph's in game one, 6-0, before seeing a rally effort come up short, 9-7, in the nightcap of an Atlantic 10 baseball doubleheader at Handler Park Saturday afternoon.
GAME 1 – St. Bonaventure 6, Saint Joseph's 0 | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies set the tone early by plating three runs in the first, all with one swing of the bat.
Branden Myers set the table with a leadoff single before Brendyn Stillman worked a walk. That set the stage for Tyler Kelder who belted his team-leading fifth home run of the year out to left for a 3-0 lead.
From there, Saint Joseph's had several chances thanks to drawing seven walks, but would strand nine runners on base.
The Hawks mustered just two hits on the day against Bonnies pitching: Elijah Baez earned his first win of the year by working five innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts and six walks. Luke Lashutka picked up two outs in the sixth and Donovan Moffat got out of a runners on first and second jam to close the door out of the bullpen. The senior got the final four outs of the game for his second save of the year and 11th of his career to tie Bob Beretta '87 for third in program history.
GAME 2 – Saint Joseph's 9, St. Bonaventure 7 | Box Score (PDF)
The Hawks turned the tables in game two, plating two runs in the second and four in the third for a 6-0 lead.
From that point the Bonnies would try to claw back the rest of the day.
The hosts got four runs back in the third to get within 6-4 thanks to three Hawks errors and a single to right-center from Matthew Williams that brought in two runs.
The Bonnies had their best chance in the sixth. Down 8-5, St. Bonaventure scored twice following a single from Williams to plate a run and a triple from Stillman to bring in another. St. Bonaventure loaded the bases down just one, 8-7, but a fly out to center ended the inning and the best chance for the Brown and White to tie or take the lead.
Williams posted two hits and three RBIs while Berger went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Garrett Boldt also scored twice.
The Bonnies stand 4-12 overall and 3-4 in Atlantic 10 play while the Hawks move to 10-8, 5-2. The teams will wrap up the four-game series Sunday at noon.
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