BALTIMORE, MD – Rylee Hehir registered a career high 11 strikeouts in the circle Sunday against Morgan State, earning her first victory of the season as the Bonnies triumphed, 10-3. St. Bonaventure fell, however, in game two to Rider, 5-4, in its second game of the day at the Coppin State Eagle Classic.
Game One – St. Bonaventure 10, Morgan State 3 | Box Score (PDF)
Hehir (1-3) allowed one earned run in the circle while only allowing four hits to lead the Bonnies in game one against Morgan State. Alexandra Deal and Grace Perechinsky each added a pair of extra base hits.
The Bears would get on the board first in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single to right field off the bat of Damali Young.
A sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth from Brooke Kane-Walker scored Hailey Blencowe tying the game, 1-1. Later in the fourth, Kaitlin Caringi reached on an error on the Morgan State third baseman, allowing Perechinsky to cross home.
An RBI groundout from Morgan State's Stormy Zyzyk evened the game, 2-2.
A five-run fifth inning gave the Bonnies a 7-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Deal smacked a triple to center field, scoring Elizabeth Enovitch. Alexandra Piergustavo launched a two-run home run, her first of the season, bringing in Deal. Caringi drove in Nicole Antonacci on a sacrifice fly and Jenna Richmond scored on a passed ball, capping off the big inning for the Brown and White.
Young would add another run for the Bears on an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Kane-Walker reached on an error in the top of the seventh, bringing in Perechinsky. Caringi scored after a throw down to second on an Enovitch stolen base. Enovitch would score when McKenna Holtz reached on an error, giving the Bonnies the 10-3 victory.
Game Two – Rider 5, St. Bonaventure 4 | Box Score (PDF)
A seventh inning rally from Rider sent the Bonnies home with a heartbreaking setback in the nightcap.
The score remained the same until the top of the fifth when Toni Nino tripled to left centerfield, scoring Kiera Swank for a 2-1 score.
The Brown and White answered right back in the bottom of the fifth when Holtz and Deal contributed an RBI each. Holtz scored Sydney Burk on a sacrifice fly and Deal's RBI single scored Short.
The Broncs cut the deficit in half after an RBI double off the bat of Sam Ward.
In the top of the seventh with the Bonnies leading 4-2, Maddy Chain smacked a three-run home run to end the Bonnies' bid for a third straight win.
The Bonnies fall to 2-7 on the season and are back in action Friday, March 9 when they travel back to Baltimore to play at UMBC in a doubleheader. Game one is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
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