The Hawks have now won eight straight in the conference after an 0-4 start, running their record to 8-4 in the WEC and 13-5 overall.
With the Spalding Tournament coming up Friday and Saturday in Granville, Bohnenkamp got the call on the mound with coach Steve Erdmann needing to preserve arms. And it couldn't have worked out better.
"Tonight was a best-case scenario. We talked about what we wanted to do and who we wanted to pitch because we have a series of games coming up," said Erdmann. "Eric just went out there and pitched his heart out. It was really a chance for him to step up and put it all together."
Bohnenkamp pitched all five innings, allowing no runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
"He stayed around the plate and once he got his curveball going, he kept their hitters off balance," said Erdmann. "I was very proud of him."
Bohnenkamp ran into trouble in the first inning as Spalding put runners on second and third with no outs. The next Spartan batter grounded to Bohnenkamp on the mound and he was able to catch the runner heading home from third in a rundown for an out. From there, it was smooth sailing, said Erdmann.
"That was probably the key point in the game," said Erdmann. "It seemed to change the whole dynamic of what was going on."
After dodging the bullet, St. Mary's came back to give Bohnenkamp a four-run cushion in the bottom of the first. Jon Klein led off with a single and Louis Pick followed with a two-run home run. Andy Steichen kept the rally on with another single and Josh Schroeder doubled to put runners on second and third. Danny Harpenau grounded out to plate Steichen and Schroeder came around on a passed ball for the 4-0 lead.
The Hawks added one in the third and blew the game open with six in the fourth, sending the Spartans back to Granville early.
St. Mary's finished with 12 hits on the night, including Pick's clutch performance. Pick was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs, while Steichen finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Harpenau was also 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while Schroeder and Klein were both 2 for 3.
The effort at the plate was matched by a sound defensive performance - something the Hawks were lacking in the 0-4 conference start. Erdmann said that the defense was good and the attitude of the team is even better.
"It's coming together defensively. More importantly, hearing them cheering for their teammates and being positive - that's what it's all about," said Erdmann. "You can put the wins and losses aside. You have to enjoy the game because that's what it is - a game."
St. Mary's will put its eight-game win streak on the line Friday and Saturday in the Spalding Tournament, opening at 3 p.m. Friday against Hull Western Christian.