Olean, N.Y. – The University of Dayton baseball team completed a series sweep over St. Bonaventure with an 8-7 win on Sunday afternoon. Dayton is now 7-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 17-13-1 record overall, while St. Bonaventure falls to 6-16 on the year with a 3-6 mark in conference play. Marcos Pujols and Eddie Pursinger both had a team-high three hits and seven different Flyers drove in a run at the plate.
St. Bonaventure trailed by a score of 8-6 and had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Will Sheats threw a wild pitch and the runner from third scored, but Jay Curtis overthrew Sheats on the play to catch the runner at the plate, which caused the Bonnies runner that was at second to try and take an extra base to tie the game. First baseman Eddie Pursingerpicked up the loose ball and pitched it to Sheats, who applied the tag at the plate on a bang-bang play for the final out to clinch the sweep.
Top 2: Dayton 2, St. Bonaventure 0
Eddie Pursinger singled and Jay Curtis walked to give Dayton a pair of baserunners with no outs, then Riley Tirotta sacrifice bunted to move them both into scoring position. Marcos Pujols continued his hot streak with a ripped single up the middle to drive both runners home and give the Flyers an early 2-0 lead.
Bottom 3: Dayton 2, St. Bonaventure 1
A leadoff walk led to a run for the Bonnies, who snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak for the Dayton pitching staff.
Top 5: Dayton 3, St. Bonaventure 1
Connor Wilson reached on an errror by the St. Bonaventure shortstop, then Michael Cleary singled and both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Wilson scored on Connor Echols groundout to the left side, which netted Echols an RBI.
Top 6: Dayton 5, St. Bonaventure 1
Dayton got it done with two out in the fifth, as Marcos Pujols singled through the left side for the first Flyer baserunner of the inning, then after Pujols stole second, Takahiro Yamada singled down the right field line for an RBI, then Tate Hagan tripled to the right center gap to drive in Yamada.
Top 7: Dayton 7, St. Bonaventure 1
For the second straight inning, Dayton scored two runs after the first two hitters of the inning were retired. Eddie Pursinger singled to right, then stole second and scored on a Jay Curtis single to right, who advanced to second on a throw to the plate. Riley Tirotta drove in Curtis with another single to cap off scoring for the inning.
Bottom 7: Dayton 7, St. Bonaventure 4
After managing just two hits on Dayton starting pitcher RJ Wagner through the first six innings, St. Bonavneture hit three straight singles with one out loaded the bases for the Bonnies, which ended Wagner’s outing. Tyler Jones entered the game and a wild pitch coupled with a two-RBI center to right center cut the Flyer lead to three heading into the eighth.
Top 8: Dayton 8, St. Bonaventure 4
Marcos Pujols singled for his third hit of the game to kickstart the eighth and Jake Silverstein stole second after pinch running for Pujols. Silverstein advanced to third on a Tate Hagan ground out to the right side, then scored on a Michael Cleary infield single.
Bottom 8: Dayton 8, St. Bonaventure 5
Sam Fuller led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored when Tyler Kelder doubled to right center.
Bottom 9: Dayton 8, St. Bonaventure 7
Kevin Higgins and Ryan O’Connor both singled to open the inning, which prompted Corey Imbriano to be brought in to replace Tyler Henry on the mound for the save opportunity. Imbriano struck out two, but also hit a pair of batters to force in a run. Will Sheats came into the game with the bases loaded and an 8-6 lead, then threw a wild pitch and the runner from third scored, but Jay Curtis overthrew Sheats on the play to catch the runner at the plate, which caused the Bonnies runner that was at second to try and take an extra base to tie the game. First baseman Eddie Pursinger picked up the loose ball and pitched it to Sheats, who applied the tag at the plate on a bang-bang play for the final out to clinch the sweep.
- Marcos Pujols and Eddie Pursinger led the way at the plate for Dayton with three-hit performances at the plate.
- Pujols also drove in a team-high two runners from the plate and was one of seven Flyers with an RBI on the day.
- Will Sheats earned his first career save on the mound and is now one of seven different Flyer pitchers with a save this season.
- Dayton’s 7-2 start in Atlantic 10 play is its best since at least 2005, which is as far back as the digital archives go back for Dayton baseball..
- The Flyers are tied for second place in the league with Rhode Island and just one game behind VCU.
- Dayton has a pair of road games against in-state opponents midweek, including a game against Toledo on Tuesday, Apr. 9 at 3:00 p.m. before heading to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Wednesday, Apr. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
- The Flyers will welcome Richmond to DP&L Stadium next weekend, as UD looks for its fifth straight A-10 series win dating back to last season.