St. Bonaventure's Jason Radwan hit a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to left in the top of the 12th inning to beat Charlotte 4-2 in the first game of a Friday Atlantic 10 Conference baseball doubleheader at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The Bonnies improve to 22-24 on the year, 9-13 in the league, dropping the 49ers to 20-31, 8-13 in the A-10.
The Bonnies were the first to score a run, with three hits in the first, starting with a leadoff double from outfielder Eric Jutca, coming home on an infield single from third baseman Billy Urban for a 1-0 start.
The 49ers scored lone runs in the second and third to take a 2-1 lead. The run in the second came on three straight hits from the bottom three in the order, with outfielder Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, Piedmont HS) singling and scoring later on an infield single from second baseman Derek Gallello (Fredericksburg, Va. / Riverbend HS) for the tie. The run in the third came after a leadoff triple from outfielder Leland Clemmons (Chesapeake, Va. / Portsmouth Christian HS) turned into a run on an RBI groundout from outfielder Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) for the lead.
SBU came back to tie the game with two hits and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Urban reached on a single through the middle to lead off the inning and eventually scored on the sacrifice by catcher Michael Grieco.
Charlotte was able to load the bases in the tenth with nobody out, but Urban, who moved to the mound to start the tenth, got a strikeout, a groundout to get the force at home and a flyout to end the threat.
SBU scored the two runs in the 12th after two outs to start the inning then a hit batter, a walk and an infield single to load the bases for Radwan, who drove in the eventual winning runs with his first hit of the day after an 0-for-5 start.
Relievers got all of the decisions in the contest, with Urban tallying his second win of the season (2-1) after two innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Cameron Carney earned his first save of the season after striking out three batters in the 12th, with a single mixed in.
Charlotte's Brock Hudgens (Jamestown, N.C. / Southwest Guilford HS) allowed the two runs in the 12th for his third loss of the season (0-3) after three innings pitched, with three hits and a walk.
Neither starting pitcher factored in the decision after allowing two runs in nine innings pitched. Charlotte's Andrew Smith (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS) got his second straight no-decision after starting the year with 12 in a row. He threw 126 pitches and gave up six hits and one walk, striking out seven. St. Bonaventure's Jordan Crane allowed eight hits and five walks in his nine innings on 121 pitches, recording a pair of strikeouts.
Gallello and Charlotte third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) tallied three hits to tie for the game-high total. Gallello's three hits tied his career high, set two other times this season.
Game two of the doubleheader begins at 6:45 p.m.
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