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Five Homers Not Enough as Fordham Rallies Past Bonnies in Extras, 11-10

Five Homers Not Enough as Fordham Rallies Past Bonnies in Extras, 11-10

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure drilled five home runs, but it would not be enough to overcome a late-innings rally from visiting Fordham as the Rams took an 11-10 decision Thursday afternoon in 10 innings at Handler Park.

Matthew Williams, Tyler Kelder, Brendyn Stillman, Christian Szablewski and Pierce Hendershot all homered as the Bonnies built a five-run lead after six innings.

Bona starter Liam Devine pitched very well, allowing three earned runs in 6.1 innings while striking out six, but began to run out of gas in the seventh.

That opened the door for Fordham to score four times to close within 9-8.

St. Bonaventure got a run back in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs but would have to settle for just a run thanks to a Fordham wild pitch for a 10-8 advantage heading for the eighth.

Fordham (22-18, 9-8 A-10) tied the game in the eighth on a single through the left side from Will Findlay. The game went to extra innings where each team begins an inning with a runner placed at second base. The runner was erased, though, as Alvin Melendez was thrown out by Jackson DeJohn as he attempted to steal third. A walk and a double from Richard Grund plated the go-ahead run, however, and the Bonnies would go quietly in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

Kelder, Hendershot and Szablewski all had two hits apiece for the Bonnies (6-22, 5-12).

The Bonnies' bats started with a bang in the bottom of the first inning when Williams blasted a two-run home run over the right field fence, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.

Two batters later, Stillman smacked a round-tripper to right field, extending the St. Bonaventure lead.

Fordham, however, responded with four runs of its own in the top of the second to take the lead away from the Bonnies, 4-3.

Szablewski was quick to tie the game back up for the Bonnies, belting a solo home run to left field in the bottom half of the second.

The Bonnies tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a run-scoring double from Jack Putney, an RBI single from Szablewski and another RBI single off the bat of Jackson DeJohn.

The Bona slugfest continued into the fifth inning as Kelder and Hendershot each connected on solo home runs, pushing the Bonnies lead to 9-4. Fordham, though, would then begin to rall.

Joseph Quintal (3-1) earned the win for the Rams with two innings of scoreless relief, striking out four. Melendez picked up the save with a scoreless 10th.

The two teams are back in action Friday for a doubleheader beginning at noon.