Baseball: Bonnies reload with nine freshmen

By Nate Discavage 

Larry Sudbrook begins his 29th season at the helm of the St. Bonaventure baseball team. Even in a rebuilding season, the Bonnies look to out-perform their low preseason prediction of 12th place in the Atlantic 10.  St. Bonaventure finished 2013 with a 20-28 overall record and 9-15 in conference play.

The weather has always had an effect on St. Bonaventure early in the season.  The snow and freezing temperatures have limited outdoor team practice.  With little outdoor practice, the team has suffered at the beginning of the season.  The Bonnies are off to a rough start and have an 1-8 record.

Along with the weather, the team lacks experience. St. Bonaventure lost six seniors, including All-Atlantic 10 First Team Billy Urban.  Junior Bret Heath and sophomore Thad Johnson are the only two returning starting position players.  Sudbrook emphasizes the fact that although there is a lot of talent on the team it is very young.

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Baseball Preview: A-10 Tournament is the goal

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By Kevin Smith, Staff Writer, @kevsmith88


 That is how the St. Bonaventure Baseball team has been built up to since the 2010 season. 

The 2010 season was a learning curve with a mostly freshman team, ending in a 17-31 finish.

Last season, with one year under their belts, the Bonnies fell just short of advancing to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

Now, with the team filled with two-year veterans, the Bonnies could have the breakout year they have been waiting for.

However, St. Bonaventure had been picked to finish 10th in the A-10 coaches poll, a mark head coach Larry Sudbrook said means nothing. 

“This preseason ranking is just a number; it means nothing to me and my team,” Sudbrook said. “My gut tells me we have a lot of promise to have a good season and punch our ticket for the Atlantic 10 tournament.” 

The Bonnies certainly have the players capable of making a run.

As always, it starts with pitching and junior Eddie Gray leads the pack with a chance of being drafted by Major League Baseball later this season.

Last season, Gray led the team with 80 innings pitched, recorded six wins and compiled 57 strikeouts. 

Additionally, his earned run average of 3.47 was second-best on the team, trailing only Jordan Crane’s 2.76.  

Sudbrook said his No. 2 and No. 3 starters will be Crane and Cael Johnson, both seniors and who he calls the foundation of the team.

“These three guys are rock of this team because they have the potential to go deep into game and get us a win,” Sudbrook said. “These guys want to win now cause they might not be back next season.”

Strength up the middle is essential to win and the Bonnies middle infield is in good hands with junior shortstop Billy Urban and junior second baseman Jason Radwan.

Urban, an all-academic selection, led the A-10 with a .359 Batting Average and led the Bonnies with 13 home runs and 41 runs batted in. 

Radwan, a second-team all conference selection, led all A-10 second baseman with a .324 batting average and clubbed five home runs along with 34 RBI’s.

Sudbrook has most of his team’s roles filled except the bullpen roles of lefty specialist and a closer.

“Those holes are very important to fill,” Sudbrook said. Hopefully we’ll be able to find out who will be able to fill those holes during our trip to Florida.”

St. Bonaventure begins their 2012 campaign Feb. 24 against Western Michigan. 

The Bonnies will play their first conference game in Ohio against Dayton for a three-game set, beginning March 23. 

This year’s Atlantic 10 tournament will be hosted by Fordham starting on May 23 and the final will be televised on CBS Sports Network. 

But Sudbrook does not allow himself to think that far ahead.

“I’m not thinking too far here.” Sudbrook said. “We still have a long ways to go and our first step is the first game down in Winter Haven.”

However, Sudbrook has his goal in place and believes it can be accomplished.

“My goal is to make it to A-10 Championship, no question,” Sudbrook replied. “We have the talent to make it far; we just need to bring chemistry as well.”


Two Bonnies sign with championship team for summer

By Tony Lee, Editor In Chief, @sHecKii

Two Bonnies baseball players will play for the 2011 Coastal Plain League champions this summer, according to a press release.

The Gastonia Grizzlies announced Wednesday juniors Austin Ingraham and Billy Urban will play for a wood-bat, collegiate summer league in Gastonia, N.C. this summer.

“(Ingraham) is an athletic kid who is versatile that will help us in the outfield, first base and at the plate,” Grizzlies coach Kyle Surprenant said in a press release. “Billy is an athletic infielder who also has the ability to be effective on the mound for us as well.”

Ingraham, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound first baseman, finished fourth on St. Bonaventure with a .323 batting average, finished second in slugging percentage at .470 and led the team in fielding percentage.

Urban, a 6-foot, 185-pound infielder, led the Bonnies with 41 RBIs, had a .470 slugging percentage and finished with a .327 batting average. Urban was a Coastal Plain League All-Star for the Fayetteville SwampDogs last summer, finishing second on the team with a .325 batting average.

Photos of the April 22 baseball game between St. Louis and St. Bonaventure at Fred Handler Park.

The Bonnies swept the Billikens, 3-2 and 8-3, Friday to improve to 14-17 (6-6 in Atlantic 10 Conference). 

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