SAINT LOUIS AT ST. BONAVENTURE
May 6 (DH)- 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
May 7- 11:00 a.m.
Coverage: Live Stats
The St. Bonaventure University softball team will welcome Saint Louis to Joyce Field for a three-game weekend series to close out the 2017 regular season. The Bonnies softball program and St. Bonaventure's Department of Athletics will honor seniors Desiree Gonzalez, Kristen Hickling, Kiera Lorenzo and Kelly Farrell in between games of Saturday's doubleheader.
The Billikens hold a 10-10 Atlantic 10 record, which puts them in the mix for an Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament berth.
LAST TIME OUT
Rhode Island took two of three against the Bonnies in a weekend series in Kingston. St. Bonaventure captured the second game of the series behind standout performances from two freshmen. McKenna Holtz ripped a three-run double that put the Bonnies ahead, 4-3, in the third inning, and Rylee Hehir was stellar in the circle from that point on and earned her second complete-game win of the season. The Rams took the series finale on Sunday, 7-3, despite home runs from Desiree Gonzalez and Kaitlin Caringi.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
- Desiree Gonzalez's home run on Sunday was her team-leading seventh of the season. Gonzalez leads the Bonnies in many offensive categories this season, including hits (39), runs scored (29) and stolen bases (14). She is also tied for fourth in the A-10 with three triples.
- With the second-highest batting average on the team at .273, Alexandra Piergustavo remains the Bona run producer in the middle of the lineup. She's knocked six homers with 28 RBIs and five doubles.
- This weekend, freshman McKenna Holtz played the hero in the Bonnies' game-two win at Rhode Island. She smacked a three-run double in the third inning that gave the Bonnies a lead from which they'd never look back. The double was her second of the season, and the hit gave the freshman her first career multi-RBI game.
- Of Kaitlin Caringi's four total hits, two have been home runs and another has been a double. She smacked a home run in the third game of the series at Rhode Island on Sunday. With limited at-bats, she has still earned one of the top slugging percentages on the team at .423.
- Josie Borysevicz continues to be the team's ace in the circle this year with six wins, 69 strikeouts, and 115 innings pitched. Kristen Hickling took the mound in the Bonnies' last game, striking out three over 4.1 innings of work.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS (22-23, 10-10)
- The Billikens currently sit in sixth place in the Atlantic 10.
- Senior Alex Nickel earned Player of the Week and junior Maddie Baalman earned Co-Pitcher of the Week honors in the Atlantic 10 for the week of April 24-30.
- Nickel leads the Atlantic 10 in triples with six, while junior Allie MacFarlane is third with 45 RBIs and tied for fourth with teammate senior Mackenzie Peter with eight home runs.
- The Billikens rank first in triples (11) and second in home runs (35) in the Atlantic 10 as a team.
- Baalman is fifth in the conference in strikeouts with 112, 42 of which came looking, ranked third among A10 pitchers.
In between games on Saturday, the St. Bonaventure softball program and Department of Athletics will honor the four graduating seniors. If you can't make it to Joyce Field, tune into St. Bonaventure's Facebook page for live coverage of the ceremony.
# 2 Desiree Gonzalez- She has been a mainstay in the Bona lineup since coming on as a freshman, appearing in over 34 games in each of her first two seasons before starting all 44 her junior year. In 2016, she led the Bonnies with six home runs. This season, she has provided the offensive spark at the top of the Bona batting order, leading the team with seven home runs, 29 runs scored, 39 hits and 20 extra-base hits. Desiree is a psychology major and has appeared on the university's Dean's List twice.
# 4 Kristen Hickling- She has been a valuable part of the Bonnies' pitching staff since her freshman year. In her first season with the Bonnies, she led the team with 10 complete games in the circle and tossed a career-best 84.2 inning. She has emerged as a go-to reliever for coach Threehouse in big games, as she was credited with four of the team's five total saves last season. In her final campaign, the Vestal, New York native has tossed 59.1 innings with 21 appearances while picking up two wins. A marketing major, she has appeared on the university's Dean's List twice.
# 12 Kiera Lorenzo- She has been a vital contributor to the middle of the Bona infield all four years as a Bonnie, posting a cumulative fielding percentage of .960 while a member of the Brown and White. As a senior, the Brighton, New York native has played in the most games of her career, starting all 39 she's played in. This year, she's one of five Bonnies with 10 or more runs batted in, and she's managed three multi-hit games. A sociology major, she's appeared on the university's Dean's List three times and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll twice.
# 15 Kelly Farrell- The Amherst, New York native has appeared in over 30 games in the St. Bonaventure outfield in each of her four years. This season, she's knocked in 10 runs with two home runs, both of which coming in big spots. Her first of the season helped the Bonnies to their first Atlantic 10 win of the season over La Salle on April second, and the other served as the go-ahead runs in a victory over Robert Morris on April fifth. A sports studies major, she has appeared on the university's Dean's List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven of her completed semesters at St. Bonaventure.
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