Dukes Beat Bonnies, 7-5, with 2 in the 10th

ST. BONAVENTURE, PA -- The Duquesne baseball team scored one in the eighth and two in the 10th to beat St. Bonaventure, 7-5, Friday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 Conference game at Fred Handler Park in southwest New York.

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Junior Mark Tracy went 3-for-5, including a triple and a homer, and seniors Anthony Manley and Bill Torre and freshman Rick Devereaux each had two hits, including a home run by Torre.

Freshman Brad Duffy (2-1) stopped the Bonnies from scoring in the eighth and ninth for his second win and senior Danny Brown allowed just a walk in the 10th for his third save.

Duquesne is now 12-37, 6-15 in A-10 play.

With two out in the top of the first, Devereaux reached base on an error by St. Bonaventure's third baseman. He was followed by Tracy, who singled, and Torre, who hit his third home run of the season. Three RBI, all unearned.

Duquesne senior starter Ryan Juran, who pitched seven innings, walked the first batter then saw Jesse Bosnik's blast sail over the right field fence to make the score Duquesne 3, St. Bonaventure 2, after one.

The Dukes added a run in the third as Tracy's triple scored Devereaux, who had doubled. The Bonnies got the deficit back to one, 4-3, in the fourth via Michael Grieco's two-out single.

The score stayed at 4-3 until the bottom of the seventh when Bosnik hit his second, 2-RBI homer this afternoon and fourth of the year to put Bona ahead, 5-4.

Tracy greeted reliever Cory Sudbrook with his one-out, team-leading 13th home run of the season to even the score, 5-5. It also increased his team best total to 43 RBI.

After the Bonnies' intentional walked Devereaux to fill the bases, relief pitcher Jordan Crane got Tracy to hit into a double-play that ended DU's short-lived rally. Duffy mowed down the opposition in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

Torre opened the 10th with a single, moved to second via a wild-pitch, to third on a ground out and broke the tie on senior Brian Bernardo's one RBI triple. Freshman Anthony DeFabio singled Bernardo home for the Dukes' 7-5 lead.

Brown, in his team-leading 23rd appearance, pitched around a one-out walk to keep SBU from threatening in their last at-bat.

Crane (1-2) was charged with the loss. The Bonnies are 22-22, 7-14 A-10, one game ahead of DU in the league standings.

The teams meet again tomorrow, Saturday, May 9th, at 1:00 p.m. at Fred Handler Park for the second contest in this three-game series.