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LaSalle Sweeps St. Bonaventure/cnbnews

May 10, 2013

OLEAN, N.Y. – The La Salle baseball team swept St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon, 7-3 and 6-4, to improve its Atlantic 10 record to 16-5 on the season. With the victories, the Explorers broke the program’s previous high wins mark in the conference of 14, set in 2010. The Blue and Gold evened up their season record at 23-23 while the Bonnies slid to 17-25.

Game 1
La Salle struck first in game one, mounting a two-spot in the third inning RBI doubles from senior Dan Klem (1-2) and sophomore Kevin Conroy (2-4). The Explorers added another in the fifth on a Kevin Baron (0-3) sacrifice fly to lead 3-0.

The Blue and Gold picked up two unearned runs in the sixth and notched two more in the seventh via Conroy and Justin Korenblatt (1-4) RBI to create a 7-0 advantage.

In the meantime, junior Shawn O’Neill was mowing down the St. Bonaventure bats, throwing seven innings while allowing three earned runs with six strikeouts. The Bonnies scored all three of their runs in the seventh to cut the Explorer lead to 7-3, which proved to be the final score. O’Neill improved his record to 5-5 on the season.

Junior Dominic Sgroi and sophomore Adam Cherry each pitched scoreless innings to polish off the Bonnies and hang onto the victory. Cherry earned his second save of the year with the performance.

La Salle outhit the home team 7-3 in the ballgame and benefitted from three St. Bonaventure errors. Andrew Revello (5-6) was charged with the loss, coughing up four earned runs over 6.2 innings.

Game 2
The home team got on the board first, tacking on a run in the bottom of the third. The Explorers countered with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth behind RBI singles from sophomore Ryan Welling (1-4) and Baron (3-5) to take a 2-1 lead.

The Bonnies cracked through for three runs in the sixth to claim a 4-2 edge. The first run of the inning was charged to senior Ryan Donohue, who surrendered two runs in five-plus innings of work.

La Salle answered right back in the eighth by pushing four runs across, though three were unearned. Klem capped off the frame with a two-RBI single for a 6-4 lead.

Freshman Luke Reilly earned his first collegiate victory, tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Reilly handed the ball to senior Pat Christensen, who worked two scoreless innings to earn the 11th save of his season and the 44th of his career. The tally is good for a tie for fifth-most in NCAA Division I history.

The Explorers and Bonnies will meet on Saturday at noon for the series finale.