By Nate Discavage
The St. Joseph’s Hawks broke out to beat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 13-2 Sunday in Atlantic 10 baseball at Fred Handler Park. After winning the first game 14-3 and losing the second one 4-1, the Hawks jumped ahead early and never looked back.
The game got out of hand in the top of the third. Leading 2-1, Cal Jadacki drove in his second of three RBIs on a double to right field. Ryan Pater extended the lead even further with a two-run ground-rule double that bounced on the right field warning track before going over the fence. Shortstop Matt Maul hit a two-run single to left field to make the score 7-1.
The Hawks broke out again for four runs in the fifth. Two RBI singles and two sacrifice flies contributed to the scoring outbreak.
The game was not a complete loss for the Bonnies. Freshman shortstop Cole Petersen went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. Reston Pettit also had a great game on the mound in relief for the Brown and White. Pettit pitched three innings and allowed four scattered hits while striking out three and not giving up a run.
Tim Ponto earned the win for St. Joe’s and improved his record to 2-5. He allowed one run on two hits in five innings pitched while striking out two. Justin Aungst pitched three innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four.
Thad Johnson’s seventh-inning single was his 63rd of the season. He is one hit away from moving into the top 10 for most hits in a season by a St. Bonaventure player.
The Bonnies fell to 16-26-2 (3-18) with the loss and will host VCU next weekend for a three-game series to end the season.