Sunday, February 26, 2012

SBU Baseball Picks Up First Win, 5-3, Over Western Michigan

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
February 26, 2012
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – After opening the 2012 season with a loss, the St. Bonaventure baseball team rebounded with a 5-3 victory over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon.

A four-run 7th inning erased a 3-0 deficit and two Broncos errors in the 9th allowed the Bonnies to secure their first win of the campaign. Redshirt senior Cael Johnson earned the win, striking out 11 Broncos over seven innings and walking two. The Frewsburg, N.Y. native also gave up three runs, all unearned, on three hits.

Senior Ryan Skellie went 2-for-4, including a single to start the Bona rally in the 7th. Juniors Billy Urban and Jason Radwan each contributed two-RBI hits in the frame.

Radwan earned his first career save, going two innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

Western Michigan began the scoring with two runs in the 3rd courtesy of two Bonnies' errors. The Broncos would take advantage of another error, this time in the 6th, padding the lead to 3-0.

The next inning, the Bonnies rallied to take the one-run lead by loading the bases with no outs. Junior Austin Ingraham started the frame with a walk followed by Skellie's single. A hard-earned walk from Eric Jutca set the stage for Radwan's one-out, two-RBI single to cut the Broncos' lead in half.

Urban followed with another two-RBI hit – a double down the left-field line giving the Bonnies the lead for good.

Control issues for the Broncos allowed the Bonnies to add an insurance run in the 9th. Junior Mike Meredith was hit to begin the inning, followed by Radwan reaching on an error, putting men on first and second with no outs. A wild pitch moved the runners up and Meredith came home on senior Michael Grieco's pop out to right field, which turned into an error on an overthrow to home plate.

In addition to Radwan's debut on the mound, freshman Derek Morgan entered the game at second base in the 8th for his first collegiate action.

The Bonnies will look for consecutive wins in the early going as they finish the three-game set with Western Michigan on Sunday at 11 a.m. Senior Jordan Crane takes the hill for his first start of the year.

After the day off Monday, the Bonnies continue their 10-game, 11-day Florida trip with a four-game set against Mount St. Mary's.

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