April 17, 2010
OLEAN, N.Y. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team suffered a tough defeat on Saturday afternoon, falling at St. Bonaventure, 10-8, on frigid and rainy Saturday afternoon at Fred Handler Park. The Bonnies rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth and shut the Hawks down in the ninth to hold on for the win.
The teams were originally slated to play two on Saturday, but deteriorating conditions led to the postponement of the second game.
The game was scoreless until Saint Joseph's (11-17 overall, 6-4 Atlantic 10) exploded for six runs in the top of the third. Mike Coleman led off the frame with a triple and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Billy Urban on a ball put in play by Brett Tiagwad. Tiagwad then beat out the throw on a fielder's choice by Dewey Oriente, putting two on with nobody out. SBU starter Andrew Revello then hit David Valesente with a pitch to load the bases. Kevin Taylor followed up with an RBI groundout before Ryan McDonald and Joe Cook drew back-to-back walks to force in a run.
Quinn Renner promptly unloaded the bases with a two-run single to center that chased Revello and gave the Hawks a 5-0 lead. It would swell to 6-0 on a fielder's choice by Drew Smith and an error by first baseman Austin Ingraham.
Ingraham then led off the third for St. Bonaventure (7-19 overall, 2-8 Atlantic 10) with a ground-rule double, the first baserunner allowed by Hawk starter Randy Mower. Two batters later, Ryan Mosher brought him home with SBU's first tally of the game on a single through the right side. Derek Speaker followed with a double to left before a Jason Radwan sacrifice fly cut the deficit to four. After an intentional walk to Jesse Bosnik, Urban blasted a three-run home run to bring the Bonnies all the way back within one at 6-5.
Mower then settled down and faced the minimum nine hitters over the next three innings, allowing just a single to Speaker, who was then caught stealing at second base in the fifth.
In the top half of the sixth, the Hawks increased the lead to 7-5 on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Brian Hartsell. SJU went up three in the top of the seventh as Coleman scored on a fielder's choice by Oriente.
The Bonnies clawed back to within one by scoring a pair in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third and one out, Speaker and Radwan hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the Hawk lead to 8-7.
The margin would be erased completely in the eighth as SBU scored three times on four hits. Pinch hitter Eric Jutca hit a one-out sacrifice fly to score Ryan Skellie with the tying run before RBI doubles by Speaker and Bosnik gave the Bonnies a two-run cushion.
After Oriente tripled with two out in the ninth, Cory Sudbrook came on to strike out Valesente to end the game.
Speaker led the SBU offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. All nine players in the starting lineup had a hit for St. Bonaventure, but Speaker was the only one to post a multi-hit game. Coleman led the charge for the Hawks, going 3-for-6 with a pair of runs scored. Cook, McDonald and Oriente had two hits apiece, while Renner drove in two and Tiagwad added a pair of runs scored.
On the hill, Mower went six innings and ceding five runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He faced the minimum 15 batters in the five innings other than the third, allowing just the one single to Speaker.
Quentin Farr threw an inning and was credited with the loss after being charged with two runs on two hits and a walk. Jamie Wallschlaeger got the win for the Bonnies, throwing six and a third innings in relief of Revello, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Sudbrook notched his first save of the season.
The teams will attempt a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon if weather conditions permit. The first game is slated to begin at noon.