ST. BONAVENTURE vs. FORDHAM
Thursday - Saturday, May 20-22
Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field
Class of 2021 Tribute (PDF)
The St. Bonaventure baseball team welcomes Fordham to Fred Handler Park for the final four-game series of the 2021 season. The Bonnies will be playing after a 10-day layoff thanks to last weekend's series being canceled due to virus safety protocols within the UMass program.
PROBABLES AND GAME COVERAGE
BONNIES SHORT HOPS
- Redshirt senior Donovan Moffat is slated to toss the final game of the season. He enters the weekend ranking first in the Atlantic 10 and sixth in the country with five complete games this year.
- Senior Tyler Kelder stands fifth in the A-10 for slugging percentage (.624).
- First baseman Matthew Williams ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 among toughest batters to strikeout, and 54th nationally, logging just nine strikeouts in 89 at-bats this spring.
- Moffat has handed out just 10 walks in 50.1 innings this year, a mark that is second-best for walks per nine innings among all A-10 pitchers.
- Kyle Caringi is closing up a solid first full collegiate season, leading the Bonnies with a 2.81 ERA in 11 appearances this year.
- Ben Berger is one of the best breakthrough stories in the conference this year. He had previously played only six career games prior to this season, but leads the Bonnies this year in season batting average (.347) and in conference batting average (.333), locking down a starting role in the outfield. His .400 on-base percentage is also best on the team while he also leads the squad in stolen bases, being successful in six of eight stolen base attempts.
- Branden Myers has been strong in conference games this year. The shortstop has hit .310 in A-10 contests, also posting a .344 on-base percentage against conference opponents. Myers also has seven multi-hit games, best on the squad in 2021.
- Redshirt freshman Tripp Breen has showed steady improvement this year, pitching well in A-10 games. He has registered a 2.35 ERA in four A-10 appearances, limiting opponents to a .194 batting average in 7.2 innings.
- Liam Devine will look to replicate his first outing against Fordham. The first-year Bonnies southpaw, a junior college transfer, was excellent in the Bronx last month. In his best outing with the program, he tossed 8.1 innings, limiting the Rams to four runs with a season-high seven strikeouts.
- Myers and Pierce Hendershot will look to lengthen their hit streaks, which are both active at four games entering this series. Kelder's six-game streak earlier this spring is best on the team this year.
- The Rams were picked second overall in the preseason Atlantic 10 coaches poll, but enter the week fourth in the North Division at 8-8. Surprising La Salle, which was picked 11th in preseason and will drop its program at the end of the season, has locked up the division title at 15-5 while Rhode Island (9-6) and Saint Joseph's (11-9) are in contention for the second and final playoff spot from the division. Fordham has a slight playoff pulse, but would need at least three wins in this series and help from UMass (playing Rhode Island) and La Salle (playing Saint Joseph's) to reach the A-10 Tournament.
- Southpaw Matt Mikulski is a front-runner for A-10 Pitcher of the Year with a perfect 8-0 record and a 1.47 ERA, striking out 112 in 61.1 innings of work. He will make his final appearance in a Fordham uniform this week and likely will hear his name called high in this summer's MLB Draft, potentially in the first two rounds according to some projections. He needs just three strikeouts to tie the program's all-time season record of 115, set by Hank Borowy in 1939. He is also four away from the program career record of 264.
- Fordham ranks second in the A-10 with a staff ERA of 4.20. Their staff WHIP of 1.39 is also a league-best while offensively they are always a threat to steal with 62 stolen bases, the most in the league.
- No Rams batters are hitting over .300 on the year, though Will Findlay (.293) and Jake Guercio (.291) are close. Four regulars boast a .400 or better on-base percentage, though: Findlay (.406), Guercio (.430), Jason Coules (.407) and Nick LaBella (.406).
The Bonnies will celebrate their senior class this weekend, highlighted by the program's traditional "last lap" for seniors following the final game Saturday. Click the PDF above for a special senior handout and information on each senior.
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