BOCA RATON, Fla. Wednesday’s game between Penn and St. Bonaventure lasted over three and a half hours and saw the two teams combine for 31 runs, 36 hits, five errors and eight pitchers. It was not pretty, but Penn left happy with a 17-14 victory over the Bonnies.
Penn (3-2) got to Bonnies starter Cody Vincent early, knocking him out in the third. He left the game charged with six earned runs in two and two-thirds. The Quakers put up a five-spot in the first, scoring four of those runs with two outs. Alex Nawaka drew a lead off walk and scored on a double by Joey Boaen. After Vincent retired the next two batters, Penn strung together four consecutive singles that scored four runs and put the Red and Blue up 5-0 before St. Bonaventure came to bat.
The Bonnies scored two runs in the second, but Penn extended its lead in the third, doing it again with two outs. Steve Gable singled to get the rally started. Jim Farrell followed with a double into the gap in right center that scored Gable. Nwaka reached on an error and then stole second. Boaen dropped a single into right center for his second and third RBI’s on the day. After Boaen moved into scoring position when he stole second, Josh Corn delivered a single to center to give Penn a 9-2 lead.
St. Bonaventure got back into the game, scoring four runs in the bottom half. The Bonnies scored their first run thanks to hits from their first three batters. With runners on the corners, Brian Pellegrini ripped a double to right center that plated both runs. Penn starter Robbie Seymour retired the next to batters, but Tristian Mulcahy singled in Pellegrini to make it a 9-6 game.
The Red and Blue added to their lead in the fifth with four more runs. Tim May knocked in Boaen with a single to left. William Gordon laid down a bunt and was safe on an error to load the bases. Bonnies pitcher Dan Wach was called for a balk advancing the runners a base and plating Kyle Armeny. Reid Terry then smoked a triple to right center that scored two runs and put Penn up 13-6.
Penn tacked on three more runs in the sixth on a three-run homer to left by May. The Bonnies got back into the game by scoring eight runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings. St. Bonaventure scored three runs in the fifth all with two outs. After the first two batters reached base in the sixth, Penn reliever Nick Francona struck out Pelligrini. A Penn throwing error lead to the Bonnies first run, then T.J. Pennino cleared the bases and drove in two runs with a triple to right center. St. Bonaventure scored two more runs in the inning to cut the lead to 16-14. Mike Marg (1-0) relieved Francona to get the final two outs of the innings.
The Quakers added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Corn. Marg threw one and a third scoreless to get the ball to closer Doug Brown in the eighth. Brown struck out the side in the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Boaen had a standout day going 6-for-7 with three RBI, four runs scored and three stolen bases. May went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs.
Thursday, the Quakers face Maine, for the second time on the trip, at 1 p.m.