Dukes Rally for 7-4 Win over St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- Duquesne's baseball team moved into a tie with St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with Saturday afternoon's 7-4 victory over the host Bonnies at Fred Handler Park. The win is Duquesne's third in a row.

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Late scoring did it again for Duquesne.

Yesterday two runs in the 10th secured the victory; today it was three in the top of the ninth. And once more, the Dukes' pitching controlled Bona in the host squad's final at-bat.

Senior Mike Carroll hit a three-RBI home run. Classmate Derek Fallecker and freshman Rick Devereaux each went 2-for-5.

Senior starter Gary Pierpont got the Dukes (13-37) through the seventh with four runs, three earned, while striking out four. Freshman Michael Pelekanos, who started the eighth, faced only six batters in his two innings of work for his second win of the year. Pelekanos (2-4) stuck out half (3) of the Bonnie batters.

Junior Mark Tracy's two-out single brought home Devereaux in the top of the first for an early, short-lived 1-0 edge.

Again the Bonnies (22-23) used the home run to get on the board. Nick Cunliffe led off with a smash over the right field fence. The next batter, Jesse Bosnik who hit two round trippers Friday, got on base via an error and scored on SBU's second HR of the inning, this one by Kevin Siminski to left field.

Bosnik scored in the third on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1. As it turned out, that was Bona's last tally of the day.

With one out in the fifth and senior Anthony Manley and sophomore Andrew Heck on second and third, Carroll slammed his third home run that tied the score, 4-4.

Starters Chad Johnson and Pierpont, with some help from Pelekanos, kept the score right there until the top of the ninth. That was when the Dukes got three unearned runs from Bona without a hit and before an out was recorded.

Brad Steinback (0-1) started on the mound. Manley led off on base courtesy of an SBU infield error and moved to second when Heck was walked. Sophomore Chris Happ came into run for Manley just before a wild pitch put both DU runners in scoring position. Devereaux, whose would-be ground out scored Happ, got to second via another error. Carroll was intentionally walked to load the bases. The second wild pitch scored Heck, and third error of the inning plated Devereaux. A foul out, grounder and strike out ended the inning.

Two strike outs and a grounder took care of the Bonnies in their last chance at the plate.

Going into today's game, the Bonnies had a one-game edge on DU in the league standings. The Dukes victory tied the two teams in, at least, 13th place. Both teams are 7-15 in A-10 action.

La Salle and Saint Joseph's fortunes today will affect where the Dukes and Bonnies stand before Sunday's final game of the series. First pitch is slated for 12:00 noon at Handler.