CHARLESTON, S.C. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team dropped a pair of close games on Saturday morning at the Charleston Southern Invitational.
In game one against George Mason in a non-conference contest, the Patriots defeated the Bonnies, 3-1.
Against Hartford in game two, the Brown and White came back from four runs down to force the game into extra innings. The Hawks pulled out the win, however, in the eighth inning, 9-8.
Game One: George Mason 3, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)
George Mason struck first on an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. The Patriots would add two more runs in the third inning on a two-run double.
The Bonnies cut one off the deficit in the top half of the sixth when Alexandra Deal reached on an error from the George Mason shortstop. Enovitch crossed home to make the score 3-1.
That would be all the Bonnies would get as the Patriots closed out the game.
Freshman Grace Van Horn made her first collegiate start for the Brown and White, tossing a complete game (9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K).
Game Two: Hartford 9, St. Bonaventure 8 – 8 Innings | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. Mikayla Short, Brooke Kane-Walker and Blencowe all scored on a throwing error from the Hawks' third baseman on a ball hit by Enovitch.
Hartford, however, would even the game on a three-run home run off the bat of Amber Mianti in the bottom of the second.
A double, triple and a fielding error in the fourth inning would allow the Hawks to add four more runs as Hartford's lead grew to 7-3.
The Bonnies tied the game in the sixth after a two-run double from Blencowe that scored Deal and sophomore Mckenna Holtz. Later in the inning, the Brown and White took their second lead of the game on a sacrifice fly from Perechinsky, giving the Bonnies an 8-7 edge.
A Hartford RBI double from Eliza Bohhardt in the bottom of the seventh would send the game into extra innings.
The Bonnies threatened in the top of the eighth, putting runners on first and third, but were unable to capitalize.
With the international tiebreaker rule in place, a runner was placed at second to start the eighth. Mianti came through with an RBI single to give the Hawks the victory.
The Bonnies finished with 11 hits in the game led by Blencowe with three. Holtz and Deal also added two hits a piece.
Rylee Hehir went the distance for the Bonnies, falling to 0-2 on the year (7.1 IP, 7 ER, 1 K, 2 BB).
The Bonnies are back in action Sunday against host Charleston Southern at 3:00 p.m.
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