@BonniesSoftball Drops First Two Games at UNC Wilmington

@BonniesSoftball Drops First Two Games at UNC Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team came up short in its first two games of the Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase at UNC Wilmington. 

In the morning's action, the Bonnies battled back from a 7-2 deficit with a five-run sixth inning to force extra innings.

On the day, Morgan Phillips went 4-for-7, including a pair of doubles in game one, one of which drove in two runs.

Kiera Lorenzo also delivered a two-run double in game one.

Game one (Eight Innings): Georgetown 10, St. Bonaventure 7 | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies got off to a hot start as Phillips delivered the two-run double in the bottom of the first inning to put St. Bonaventure up, 2-0.

A Georgetown run in both the second and fourth innings brought a 2-2 tie into the fifth inning. The Hoyas worked four runs in the top half of the frame to take a 6-2 lead.

St. Bonaventure later entered the bottom of the sixth down 7-2, but the Bonnies put together a two-run rally to tie the game at 7-7.

With two on, Brooke Kane-Walker delivered an RBI single that scored Nicole Antonacci, and then Lorenzo came through with a two-run double that plated Mikayla Short and Brittany Fair.

Kelly Farrell reached on a throwing error that allowed Alexandra Deal to score, and an RBI single from Elizabeth Enovitch that brought home Farrell knotted the score at seven.

On in relief, Rylee Hehir worked a scoreless top of the seventh in the circle, but the Bonnies themselves failed to score a run in the final half-inning of regulation, and the two teams went into extra innings. 

Georgetown took advantage of its runner placed on second and totaled three runs in the top of the eighth and eventually held on to win it, 10-7.

Phillips went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the contest, and Enovitch, Kane-Walker, Lorenzo and Farrell rounded out the seven Bona hits with one apiece. 

Josie Borysevicz started in the circle for St. Bonaventure and tossed the first 4.1 innings before being relieved by Hehir, who dealt 2.2. Kristen Hickling got the final three outs for the Bonnies. 

Game two (Five Innings): UNC Wilmington 10, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)

Four runs each in the first and second innings, and a pair in the third, for UNC Wilmington put the Bonnies down 10-0 heading into the fourth inning.

St. Bonaventure scored its lone run of the game in the fourth. Alexandra Piergustavo led off with a walk, and Phillips followed suit with a single to right. A UNCW throwing error on a ball put in play by Kane-Walker loaded the bases. McKenna Holtz worked a walk to bring home Piergustavo to put the Bonnies on the board. 

A scoreless top of the fifth ended the game in five innings, 10-1. 

Alissa Karjel earned the second of two Bona hits in game two.

Hickling, Josie Borysevicz and Sam Wood all threw in the circle for St. Bonaventure. Wood struck out one in her lone inning of work.

St. Bonaventure will continue on in North Carolina as they rematch with Georgetown at 3:00 p.m. and then take on UMass Lowell at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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