April 18, 2010
OLEAN, N.Y. - On another cold and blustery day, the Saint Joseph's and St. Bonaventure baseball teams split an Atlantic 10 doubleheader Sunday. The Hawks took game one, 10-1, before the Bonnies responded in kind, winning the nightcap, 11-1.
In the opener, The Hawks took an early lead and added to it as the game wore on, including scoring five runs in the sixth, on their way to a 10-1 rout of the Bonnies. Dewey Oriente led the way with three hits and three RBI, while Brett Tiagwad also pitched in with three hits of his own.
Saint Joseph's (12-18 overall, 7-5 Atlantic 10) scored first, plating a pair in the top of the fourth. Brian Hartsell led off with a single and stole second before Ryan McDonald drew a one-out walk. Both runners moved up on an error by third baseman Billy Urban with Hartsell coming in to score the game's first run. Drew Smith followed with an RBI single to score McDonald.
St. Bonaventure (8-20 overall, 3-9 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom half on a solo home run by Austin Ingraham.
The Hawks responded in the fifth with a singleton to restore the two-run lead. Mike Coleman was hit by a pitch to start the frame and came around on a single to left by Oriente.
In the top of the sixth, the Hawks loaded the bases with one out. Coleman hit into a fielder's choice, scoring McDonald, before Tiagwad beat out an infield single to plate Quinn Renner and extend the lead to four. Oriente then ripped a two-run double to center to clear the bases and put the Hawks on top, 7-1, and chasing SBU starter Nick Brennen.
Reliever Mike Pease then ceded a single to David Valesente to score Oriente and push the Hawk margin to seven before retiring the side.
The Hawks kept it rolling into the seventh, loading the bases with two out for Tiagwad, who laced a single to right to score Renner, while Smith would also come home on the play due to an error by Ryan Skellie.
The Bonnies threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases on two walks and an error, but A.J. Holland induced Urban to line out to end the game.
Holland earned his first win of the season, throwing five and two-thirds innings of outstanding ball in relief of Kyle Mullen, allowing just four hits and three walks. Mullen went three and a third, allowing just the one run on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
In the second game, the teams traded runs early but SBU posted crooked numbers in innings five through eight to pull away from the Hawks on their way to an 11-1 victory.
The Bonnies started things off by loading the bases in the bottom of the first. After Urban lofted a ball to right field, McDonald misplayed it, allowing Nick Cunliffe to score from third. However, the error led to Jesse Bosnik and Jason Radwan being thrown out at second and third, respectively. SJU starter Chad Simendinger was then able to get Skellie to fly out to end the inning.
SJU got the run back in the second on an RBI single by Renner that scored Kevin Taylor, but the Bonnies went back ahead in the bottom of the third as Urban drilled a single up the middle to score Bosnik.
The Bonnies loaded the bases up again in the fourth, but reliever Adam Rivera struck out Cunliffe and got Bosnik to fly out, ending the threat.
An RBI groundout by Ingraham and a single by Zachery Buckler gave St. Bonaventure a 4-1 lead after five. The lead would swell to five in the sixth on singles by Urban and Brennen.
In the seventh, back-to-back singles by Cunliffe and Radwan pushed the lead to 8-1, and the Bonnies would finish off the scoring with three in the eighth as Brennen hit a two-run home run and Derek Speaker singled up the middle to plate the final run.
Eddie Gray worked eight strong for SBU, scattering six hits and allowing one run for his third win of the season. Simendinger took the loss to fall to 0-2.
The Hawks will be back in action Wednesday night at Campbell's Field for an exhibition game with the Camden Riversharks. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.