Bonnies close out season sweep of Big 4 rival Buffalo

Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics.
Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics.

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BUFFALO – St. Bonaventure baseball earned a season sweep of Big 4 rival Buffalo by pounding out 12 hits on the way to a 6-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at Audobon Field.

Tyler Walter enjoyed a three-hit day, also scoring twice, while David Vaccaro, Cole Peterson and Alex Schutz all recorded two hits apiece as the Bonnies improved to 18-16-1 on the season.

While the Bonnies never trailed, they had to work out of a huge jam early. Buffalo loaded the bases with two outs against starter Aaron Phillips in the bottom of the first, but seniorDrew Teller came on in relief and coaxed a fly out to end the threat.

Bona pulled ahead with three runs in the third, all coming with two outs. Walter drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single to right center, scoring Schutz who reached on a bunt single to lead off. Walter and Peterson both came around on a triple to left field off the bat of Vaccaro for a three-run edge.

Two more Bonnies crossed the plate in the fourth following an RBI single by Peterson before Thad Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in another run.

Teller cruised until the fifth when the Bulls (12-24) loaded the bases with a run already home. Teller was able to limit the damage, however, delivering a ground ball to end the inning.

Phillips brought in another Bona run in the seventh with a single to score Walter.

Both of Vaccaro’s hits were triples as he also roped a three-bagger in the fifth.

Teller (4-1) earned the win with 4.1 innings of one-run work, allowing five hits with two strikeouts without a walk. Nate Grant tossed two scoreless innings of relief and Ben Contento struck out two in the ninth.

St. Bonaventure returns to Atlantic 10 play Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. vs. La Salle at Fred Handler Park in the first of a three-game series.

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