@BonniesSoftball Honors Four Seniors On Final Weekend

@BonniesSoftball Honors Four Seniors On Final Weekend

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- Saint Louis took both sides of a doubleheader over the St. Bonaventure University softball team on a 45 degree, rainy afternoon at Joyce Field.

Prior to the start of game two, the St. Bonaventure softball program honored its four seniors, Desiree Gonzalez, Kristen Hickling, Kiera Lorenzo and Kelly Farrell.

Alexandra Piergustavo knocked a double in each game, driving in a run with her two-base hit in game one.

At the top of the Bonnies batting order, Desiree Gonzalez scored a run in each game and reached base three times to go along with an RBI in game one.

Alexandra Deal led the Bonnies offensively in game two with her first career three-hit game, which also included her first career triple. 

Game one: Saint Louis 10, St. Bonaventure 2 (Five Innings) | Box Score (PDF)

St. Bonaventure got off to a strong start defensively as it worked a 1-2-3 inning, capped off by a strike out from the Bona starter Kristen Hickling.

The Bonnies then struck first offensively as Desiree Gonzalez worked a walk and stole second. Alexandra Piergustavo later stepped in and lined a double to left-center field to score Gonzalez and give the Bonnies an early 1-0 lead.

But Saint Louis responded with a five-run second inning highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles, and later extended its lead with four more runs in the third to go up 9-1.

The final Bona run came in the fourth when Gonzalez worked a single up the middle with the bases loaded that scored Emma Borysevicz.

In the bottom of the fifth, Olivia Golay and Emma Borysevicz worked walks but the Brown and White were unable to cash in on the runs to extend the game, and SLU took game one in five innings, 10-2.

The senior Hickling made the start in the circle and went 3.2 innings with two strikeouts. Sam Wood came on in relief and retired all four batters she faced.

Gonzalez, Piergustavo, Emma Borysevicz, and Kiera Lorenzo made up the four Bona hits with one apiece.

Already the team leader in stolen bases, Gonzalez swiped two bags in the game.

Game two: Saint Louis 9, St. Bonaventure 4 | Box Score (PDF)

The Billikens stayed hot and grabbed three runs right off the bat in the top of the first, the big hit coming on a bases-loaded double off the wall that scored two.

Alexandra Deal singled in the first for the Bonnies and Lorenzo worked a base knock in the second, but SLU held it down and took the 3-0 lead into the third, where the Billikens opened up the game.

SLU strung together five hits -- all singles -- for four runs to extend its lead to 7-0.

The Bonnies got a pair of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Gonzalez led off the frame with a throwing error by the Saint Louis shortstop, and Deal followed that up with a triple in the left-center field gap to put the Bonnies on the board.

Hailey Blencowe then got the job done as she knocked the ball to the right side, allowing Deal to score the Bonnies' second run of the game.

Later down 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Bonnies put together another two-run inning. Deal led off the frame with a single, and later moved to third on a double from Blencowe. A single through the right side from Kaitlin Caringi brought home Deal, and Brooke Kane-Walker sent home Blencowe with a sacrifice fly.

Saint Louis added a final run in the sixth, but the damage was minimized as the Bona relief pitcher Rylee Hehir managed an inning-ending strikeout with the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Bonnies rallied with a leadoff double from Piergustavo, a Caringi walk and McKenna Holtz single, but a popout off the bat of Mikayla Short ended the threat to give SLU the 9-4 win.

Josie Borysevicz made the start in the circle for the Bonnies and went five innings with two strikeouts. In relief, Hehir got the final six outs for the Bonnies, and three of them came by way of a strikeout.

Deal led the way with three of the Bonnies' nine total hits. Piergustavo, Blencowe, Caringi, Kane-Walker, Lorenzo and Holtz had one apiece.

Both teams left 10 runners on base in the contest. 

Today's action completed the 2017 regular season. The two teams were originally scheduled for the series finale Sunday, but due to impending weather, it was canceled.

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