Sophomore third baseman Jeff Palczewski (Orchard Park) came through with a single to drive in Brandon Henshaw from second with the winning run for St. Bonaventure (5-14, 1-4 A-10) in a 6-5 victory over UMass (9-7, 2-4) in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday.
Henshaw had doubled to get into scoring position.
Bona earned its first Atlantic 10 Conference victory of the season and evened the three-game series at 1-1 despite seeing a three-run lead disappear when the Minutemen tied the game on a three-run home by Logan Greene.
Murphy O’Brien was the winning pitcher. He pitched three innings of scoreless relief.
Mike Magnanti went 3 for 5 for Bona and reached base four times. David Vaccaro singled twice and Sam Fuller scored twice.
The teams will meet in the third game of the series today.
Canisius 7-3, Monmouth 5-9: Ryan Stekl, who went 2 for 4, drove in four of the Canisius runs and Frank Will retired all nine batters he faced to get the save in the opener for the Griffs (14-9, 3-3). Liam Wilson hit a two-run homer and Gage Lanning had an RBI double for Canisius in the second game in West Long Branch, N.J., but the Griffs dropped the series, 2-1.
Wilson has reached base in all 23 games this season,
Canisius will face Cornell in a
doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Demske Complex
Niagara 6-5, Fairfield 5-6: A five-run sixth inning won the opener for the Purple Eagles (7-12, 2-1 MAAC) with Wyatt Olson driving in two of the runs with a double. Greg Cullen had three hits in the opener and hit a three-run homer in the second game for Niagara.
The Purple Eagles host Iona Gaels at the renovated Bobo Field April 7-8.
Niagara 6-0, Siena 1-3: The Purple Eagles (8-20, 1-2) opened their MAAC schedule with a doubleheader split in Loudonville.
They broke up a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the fifth of the opener. The first run came home on a bases-loaded walk. Jennifer Timm followed with a two-run single and Margaret Vesneske drove in the fourth run.
Maddie McMahon of the Saints (7-14, 2-1) shut out Niagara on a two-hitter with six strikeouts in the second game.
Northern Illinois 7, UB 5: Catrell Robertson drove in two of the runs for the Bulls (11-17, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) against the Huskies (13-20, 4-2) in DeKalb, Ill.
Canisius 16, Marist 5: The Golden Griffins (5-4, 2-0 MAAC) ran off 11 goals in a span of 36 minutes, 9 seconds after giving up the game’s first goal and won their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game, in Poughkeepsie.
Senior Connor Kearnan and sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault finished with eight points apiece. Boissonneault scored six goals and added two assists while Kearnan pitched in three goals and five assists for the Golden Griffins.
Senior Steven Coss had three goals and one assist and senior Ryan McKee chipped in a pair of tallies.
Canisius will face Detroit Mercy in a MAAC match next Saturday at the Demske Complex.
George Washington 14, St. Bonaventure 4: The Bonnies (0-10, 0-2 A-10) were shut out in second half, 7-0, by the Colonials (8-2, 1-1 A-10). Ashley Esterday, Kathryn Yoder and Destinee Johnson scored for Bona.
Track and Field
UB junior Devon Patterson (Williamsville South) threw the shot 60 feet, 4 inches to finish fifth in the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. Senior Ryan Cribbin of the Bulls was ninth (58.0.25). Austin Droogsma of Florida State won the event with a throw of 66-8.
Sophomore Ray Anikwue of UB won the 100 meters in 10.79 and Rodney Corbin of Daemen (Williamsville South) was second in 10.89, a Daemen record. Corbin also set a Daemen record in the 200, finishing seventh in 22.68. Freshman Jhada Francis of UB won the women’s 100 in 12.05.