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Bonnies fall in Doubleheader at UMass

AMHERST, Mass. – St. Bonaventure dropped both ends of a doubleheader to UMass on Saturday afternoon, falling 4-1 in game one before the Minutemen posted a 14-7 victory in the final.

GAME 1 – UMass 4, St. Bonaventure 1

St. Bonaventure came up short in a pitchers’ duel in the opener.

The Bonnies scored a run in the third shaft Jayce Tharnish singled to lead off, stole second base and advanced to third on a grounder. He scored on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

Just like a day earlier, the Minutemen responded immediately in the bottom half with a single, a walk and an RBI hit to right by Austin Burgess, all with two outs that tied the score.

The 1-1 draw would remain until the seventh.

A leadoff single and a walk with one out set the table for Braden Sullivan, who tripled to the right-center hole to break the deadlock as both runners scored. Sullivan scored a batter later on a passed ball to complete the uprising.

Bona could never find an answer for UMass starter Robbie O’Connor, who went the distance and allowed just one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out three to improve to 2-5 on the season.

Noah Czajkowski was strong for the Bonnies, finishing with a hard-luck loss after 6.1 innings as he gave up three earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Tristan Ciampa didn’t allow a baserunner and struck out two in 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Adam Rankie had his first hitless game in over a month as his 23-game hitting streak came to an end. Rankie produced the longest hitting streak by a Bonnies player in more than three decades and the second-longest in school history, behind only Mike Nayman’s 26-game hitting streak in 1988. It is the longest hitting streak in the Atlantic 10 this season.

GAME 2 – UMass 14, St. Bonaventure 7
The Minutemen picked up the momentum with five runs in the second and controlled from there.

Bonaventure loaded the bases in the third and fell behind when a hit by pitch and fielder’s choice forced two runs, but the Bonnies couldn’t get a big hit to get closer.

UMass scored two more in the bottom of the inning and immediately took the lead by five again.

Robert Mannino doubled and scored on a two-out single by Marshall in the fifth, but the Minutemen registered another lopsided number with five in the home half of the frame.

The offensive highlight of the day for the Bonnies came on a two-run bomb off the bat of Marshall, his fourth of the year, in the seventh.

Marshall drove in four runs and Mannino went 3-for-4 at the plate. Rankie also had a single and two RBIs.

Burgess and Jack Peters each had three RBIs for UMass (21-23, 11-7).

Lucas Roggenburk (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) struckout six and Alex Barger pitched a scoreless inning for the Bonnies (15-27, 5-13).

SBU is off until Thursday, when the Bonnies open a three-game A-10 series at Davidson.

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