Moffat hurls St. Bonaventure to shutout win

Donnie Moffat tossed a career-high seven innings of relief, allowing just three hits without walking a batter while striking out six. He threw 59 of 79 pitches for strikes. (Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University Athletic Communications)

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Matthew Williams drove home a first inning run with a two-out hit and Bonnies pitching made the early lead stick, blanking Binghamton 1-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Donovan Moffat led the way on the hill as the junior picked up his third win by being a part of his third shutout this season. The left-hander tossed a career-high seven innings of relief, allowing just three hits without walking a batter while striking out six. He threw 59 of 79 pitches for strikes.

Joshua Pittman got his first start, working the initial two innings. He surrendered two hits and a walk, striking out two.

In the first, the Bonnies did their damage thanks to back-to-back two-out hits.

With the first two batters retired, Sam Fuller roped a double to get into scoring position. Williams then followed by punching a 3-1 pitch for a single, scoring Fuller from second for the early lead.

That would be enough for the Bonnies pitching.

Binghamton (18-18) threatened with two base runners in the first as a walk and a single left Bearcats runners at the corners with two down. Pittman picked up a strikeout swinging to end the threat.

A single and a stolen base got the potential tying run to second in the sixth, but a fly out ended the inning.

The Bearcats had another chance in the ninth as a leadoff single set the table for a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over. With the tying run in scoring position, Moffat buckled down for a pair of groundouts to end the game.

Binghamton’s Shane Marshall (Webster Schroeder) finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Marshall singled in the third. The sophomore centerfielder has made 28 starts this season and is hitting .333 with 12 extra-base hits including eight doubles. Marshall has drive in 21 runs and scored 19.

St. Bonaventure (10-24) is set to host Niagara Wednesday at 3 p.m., weather permitting.

GAME NOTES

  • Fuller and Williams each had two hits.
  • Fuller also stole his 16th base of the season, giving him the most stolen bases by a Bonnies player since Aaron Phillips had 18 in 2017 and Cole Peterson swiped 24 the same year.
  • Moffat lowered his season ERA to 2.45.
  • SBU picked up its second 1-0 win this year, also winning on the road at Fordham last month by that score.
  • Pittman picked up his first career start. His first 20 career appearances came in relief while his 14 relief appearances this year are tied with Moffat for the team lead.

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