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Fordham Wins 14-12 Battle on Season's Final Day; Bonnies Honor Seniors With Final Lap

Fordham Wins 14-12 Battle on Season's Final Day; Bonnies Honor Seniors With Final Lap

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Fordham rallied back in the late innings to score a 14-12 victory on the final day of the 2021 season at Fred Handler Park.

St. Bonaventure celebrated its senior class of eight graduates as part of Senior Day and multiple members of the senior class made impacts in their final day wearing a Bonnies uniform.

Tyler Kelder belted his 10th home run of the year, a three-run blast in the fourth inning, for his 28th career homer during his collegiate career. Junior Matthew Williams also homered, sending a no-doubt round-tripper over the scoreboard in right for three more runs as the Bonnies built a 10-4 lead.

Fordham would score three times in the sixth and seventh and twice each in the eighth and ninth, however, to take the lead. The Rams grabbed the lead in the eighth, but the Bonnies battled back in the ninth. Ben Berger walked and Branden Myers singled, but a double play ball put two outs on the board as the Bonnies grabbed a run. Both Kelder and Pierce Hendershot worked walks to load the bases, but Fordham reliever Alexander Hernandez picked up a strikeout to end the threat and the game.

The Rams posted a pair of runs in the top of the second thanks to a run-scoring single and an RBI double, taking the early lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Bonnies got both runs back on an RBI groundout from Berger and then an RBI single from Myers, tying the game at 2-2.

Fordham retook the lead on a first pitch home run to lead off the top of the fourth. The Rams plated one more in the inning to extend their lead to 4-2.

With runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, none other than Kelder stepped up and blasted a no-doubt three-run home run to left-center, giving the Bonnies a 5-4 lead and the hosts surged ahead.

Myers went 3-for-6 with his second three-hit game in as many days. Williams, Kelder and Brendyn Stillman all had two hits apiece. Starter Donovan Moffat worked six innings, striking out four.

During the four-game series, the Bonnies and Rams combined for 74 runs and 96 hits and St. Bonaventure blasted 11 home runs.

GAME NOTES

  • Moffat finishes his career second all-time in Bonnies appearances (81), tied for third in saves (11), fifth in ERA (3.87) and tied for ninth in wins (13).
  • Kelder ranks fourth in Bonnies history with 28 home runs, adding 30 doubles and 84 RBIs along with 130 hits.
  • The Bonnies also honored seniors Elijah Baez, Bryan Bizzaro, Murphy O'Brien, Kevin Higgins, Joshua Pittman and Andrew White. The program also welcomed back Class of 2020 graduate Jeff Palczewski who never had a proper sendoff following last year's spring sports shutdown.
  • Kelder finishes the season with a slash line of .318/.422/.692 and led the team with 10 homers and 21 RBIs. Two other Bonnies finished the year hitting over .300: Christian Szablewski (.303) and Ben Berger (.302). Myers lifted his season average to .278.
  • Williams finished the year second on the team with 20 RBIs along with a .362 on-base percentage after making his first career start in left.

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