Updated Mon, Mar 17, 2014 7:06 pm
Over St. Bonaventure’s first 10 games of the season, the Bonnies had struggled to find a rhythm offensively, as they sported a .227 batting average and scored just 28 runs, which was part of the reason why the Bonnies were looking at a 2-8 record.
But on Saturday afternoon, the Bonnies finally showed their offensive potential, as they pushed across 24 runs on 22 hits against seven different Ohio pitchers. The Bonnies defeated the Bobcats by a score of 24-6 in game one of a doubleheader at Bob Wren Stadium.
Aside from their pitching struggles, the Bobcats had major issues with their defense, as they committed a season-high seven errors which led to nine un-earned runs for Ohio pitchers in the game.
However, the game actually started off well for Ohio, as the ‘Cats punched in three runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by catcher Nick Bredeson’s two-RBI single to lead 3-0 over the Bonnies.
The Bonnies (3-8) answered with three runs of their own in the top of the third inning, when centerfielder Tyler Bell drilled a fastball from Ohio’s Jake Rudnicki over the right-centerfield wall for a three-run home run to tie the game at 3-3.They were the first runs Rudnicki had given up since his season debut in Ohio’s fifth game of the season.
Ohio (4-11) picked up another run in the bottom of the third inning, when Scott White laid down a perfect safety-squeeze bunt to score Garret Black from third base, putting the ‘Cats back in front 4-3.
From that point on, the Bonnies had complete domination over the Bobcats, scoring runs in five of the last six innings as the Bobcats pitching staff struggled to quiet the Bonnies bats. Ohio pitcher Jake Miller, who was the losing pitcher for the game, relieved Rudnicki in the third inning and started a strand of seven relief pitchers to see action for the Bobcats.