Gonzalez, Caringi, Piergustavo Knock Home Runs in Doubleheader Split

Gonzalez, Caringi, Piergustavo Knock Home Runs in Doubleheader Split

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team split its final two games in the Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase at UNC Wilmington, starting off the day with a 5-4 win over UMass Lowell. 

Down 3-2 in game one, the Bonnies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to hold on and defeat UMass Lowell in the rematch. 

Desiree Gonzalez led the Bonnies offensively all day as she homered in each game. Against UMass Lowell she also knocked a double and had two RBIs.

Josie Borysevicz tossed all seven innings and struck out five to earn her fifth win of the season in game one.

In the team's second game of the day, Kaitlin Caringi hammered her first-career home run to help the Brown and White keep pace.

Game one: St. Bonaventure 5, UMass Lowell 4 | Box Score (PDF)

St. Bonaventure began its final morning in North Carolina with a bang as Gonzalez led off the game with a homer to put SBU up, 1-0.

The Bonnies picked back up in the second as Kelly Farrell roped a double that brought home Emma Borysevicz, doubling the Bona lead to 2-0.

A UMass Lowell run in the fourth and two more in the sixth put the Riverhawks up, 3-2, into the seventh.

Morgan Phillips led off the final frame with a single, and Gonzalez later stepped up and delivered the big hit for the Bonnies once again. The senior doubled to left field to bring home Alexandra Deal to tie the game at 3-3.

St. Bonaventure took a 4-3 as Alexandra Piergustavo singled home Gonzalez, and Alissa Karjel put the Bonnies ahead by two runs with a double that scored Elizabeth Enovitch.

The Riverhawks plated one in the bottom of the seventh, but Borysevicz was able to induce a game-ending groundout to hang on and complete the win.

The Bonnies out-hit the Riverhawks, 10-9. Gonzalez and Karjel had two apiece, and Enovitch, Piergustavo, Molly Hennessy, Emma Borysevicz, Phillips and Farrell earned one each.

Enovitch swiped two bases for a new career high. 

Game two: Georgetown 13, St. Bonaventure 8 | Box Score (PDF)

Down 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the Bonnies cut the deficit with a pair of runs. Farrell singled home Emma Borysevicz, and Gonzalez brought home Caringi with a sacrifice fly. 

In the bottom of the third with Karjel and Brittany Fair on base, Caringi stepped in and delivered a three-run home run to put the Bonnies ahead, 5-3.

However, the lead would be short lived as Georgetown broke through with nine runs in the top of the fourth.

St. Bonaventure got one back in the bottom of the fourth as Gonzalez delivered her second home run of the day.

Georgetown grabbed one more in the top of the seventh, but the Bonnies scored two more in the bottom half as Piergustavo smacked a two-run home run to bring the score to the eventual final of 13-8.

The Bonnies' three home runs are the most the team has had in a single game all season. The last time the Brown and White delivered three long balls in one game was April 27, 2016 at Detroit.

St. Bonaventure landed 11 total hits, led by two apiece from Caringi, Enovitch and Piergustavo. Gonzalez, Karjel, Emma Borysevicz, Kiera Lorenzo and Farrell had one each. 

Kristen Hickling earned the start in the circle and went 3.1 innings before being relieved by Rylee Hehir. Hickling struck out one while Hehir fanned two. 

Up next, the Bonnies will travel back up north and take on Youngstown State for a doubleheader on the road this Wednesday. Game times are set for 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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