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BONAVENTURE BATS BLAST CANISIUS

Brian Pellegrini and Damian Blakely on Wednesday powered the St. Bonaventure baseball squad to a sweep over Canisius in Olean.

Bona was four runs down in the fifth inning before beating the Golden Griffins, 7-6, in the opener. The Bonnies exploded for 16 hits in the second game and cruised to a 13-2 victory.

Bona's opening-game starter, Ryan Kerr, was roughed up for five runs before getting pulled with two outs in the second inning. Pellegrini was integral to the comeback. He had three hits, two runs and one RBI, which came on a sixth-inning homer that proved the winning run. Pellegrini delivered a hit, a run and two RBIs in the encore.

Blakely had a single, triple and home run with four RBIs in the second game. Starting pitcher Matt Agostinelli allowed two hits and three walks in six innings, striking out eight.

Bona is 16-13. Canisius is 5-18.

The Griffs were led by B.J. Stack, who had four hits, two runs and two RBIs on the day.

In other local hardball news, Erie Community College freshman Bill Kenyon (Hamburg) was named NJCAA III Player of the Week after hitting .545 in nine games.

Hilbert split a set with Lake Erie, dropping the first game, 6-1, before rebounding to win its first game of the season, 1-0. Sam Gioia pitched a two-hitter for the victory, striking out 12. Matt Markott had a pair of hits and scored the lone run. Hilbert is 1-14 overall, 1-9 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

BASKETBALL: Point guard A.J. Hawkins and center Ivan Kovacevic have signed national letters of intent to play at St. Bonaventure. Hawkins is 6-foot-5 and hails from Edmond, Okla. He is coming from South Kent Prep in Connecticut, where he averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kovacevic, from Croatia, stands 6-11. He averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds a game and shot 57 percent from the floor last winter for Olney Central College.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Alana Chan and Whitney Card each scored four goals to drive Canisius past visiting Gannon, 16-11. Lauren Walsh had three goals for the Griffs, who are 6-4. Gannon is ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II. . . . Ashley Parker had three goals and two assists to lead Buffalo State past Medaille, 13-3, at Coyer Field. The Bengals ran their record to 6-0, while the Mavericks slipped to 2-4. Rachel Galus (Frontier), Leah Bernal (Iroquois) and Shantel Ackley each had two goals for the Bengals. Kim Coleman accounted for all of Medaille's scoring.

SOFTBALL: For the first time since 2000, Buffalo State is nationally ranked. The Bengals have burst into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll at No. 16. They are 17-5 overall after a 12-1 start and have outscored the opposition, 124-36, including a dozen shutouts.

St. Bonaventure allowed only six hits in sweeping Cornell at McGraw-Jennings Field, 7-1 and 1-0. The Bonnies have won six straight and are 4-0 in Atlantic 10 play. Brianna Bricker gave up only four hits and had an RBI single in the opener. Christine Kelcher (Tonawanda) whirled a two-hitter in the second game.

Syracuse's pitching shut down Niagara, 5-1 and 8-0, in Lewiston. Niagara scored in the first inning of the opener but managed only four hits on the day and dropped to 7-13.

Hilbert took a pair of games from Lake Erie, 12-4 and 4-2, with Meghan Gollaher pitching both games. Holly Beecroft (Mount Mercy) hit a bases-clearing double in the third inning of the first game, while Kim Klein (Pioneer) had two hits and two RBIs. In the second game, Michelle Greco (Jamestown) paced a three-run second inning with a two-RBI double. Hilbert is 6-6 overall, 4-2 in the AMCC.