Courtesy of GoBonnies.com
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure rallied from an early deficit, then answered back following a late rally by Cornell to take a 9-8 victory in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon at Fred Handler Park in the non-conference season finale.
Cornell (14-24) wrapped up its season by taking the lead on its last day of the year in the early innings.
The Big Red plated two runs in the second, then added another in the third for a 3-0 advantage.
St. Bonaventure (13-26) got a run back in the fourth following a single to right center off the bat of Kevin Higgins, but Cornell quickly extended its cushion with a pair of runs in the fifth for a 5-1 score.
The Bonnies tied things in the home half of the frame.
Four runs came across on four hits in the fifth for the home team – Sam Fuller tied the Bonnies season record with his seventh triple of the year to plate a run before he came home on a hit from Ryan O’Connor. An error and another base hit from Higgins tied the game at five apiece.
In the sixth, Bona took its first lead on a hit up the middle from Tyler Kelder, but the lead would not last long.
Cornell evened the score with a sac fly, then moved ahead again in the eighth.
The Big Red drew three straight walks with one out, setting the table for Will Simoneit who drove a single through the left side to plate two for an 8-6 advantage.
Bona had a rally in the bottom half of the frame, though.
A scoreless ninth sent the game to extras where the Bonnies would prevail.
Donovan Moffat (4-3) worked around a bunt single and a walk to strand the potential lead run at second in the 10th. Then, Kelder singled with one away and went first to third on another hit to right from Williams. A bouncing ball to short off the bat of Palczewski gave the Big Red no play at home as Kelder came in to score the winning run.
Williams had his second three-hit game of the past week and Kelder also tallied three hits. Fuller, O’Connor and Higgins all had two hits apiece with Williams, Higgins and Palczewski finishing with a pair of RBIs.
The Bonnies are back in action as Atlantic 10 play resumes this weekend at George Washington with first pitch Friday scheduled for 3 p.m.
- Fuller tied Glenn Hamel with his seven triples this year – Hamel achieved the feat during the 1990 season. The Bonnies senior also recorded his team-best 13thmulti-hit game of the year.
- Williams matched his career high with three hits, the third time this season he has had a trio of hits in a game.
- The Bonnies earned their first extra innings win of the year.
- Moffat tied Murphy O’Brien for the team lead in wins with four and lowered his team-best ERA to 2.54.
- Kelder now had multiple RBIs in a team-high 10 games this year and he extended his hitting streak to seven games – a streak currently matched by Fuller as well.
- O’Connor swiped his fifth base of the season.
- SBU earned its first-ever win over Cornell. The Big Red won at home last month, 8-1, to move to 8-0-1 over the Bonnies all-time. The two teams had not met prior to this year since 1931, however, and first played each other in 1893.