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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Grace Perechinsky's three RBIs and Olivia Golay's seventh inning home run gave the St. Bonaventure softball team a commanding lead and the Bonnies held off a late rally from George Washington for an 8-7 victory Sunday in the series finale between the Bonnies and Colonials.
The Bonnies earned their first win in the Atlantic 10, improving to 6-14 and 1-2 in A-10 play. Bona snapped what was a 13-game George Washington winning streak as the Colonials finished the day at 22-8 overall and 2-1 in A-10 competition.
Freshman catcher Perechinsky got the game started with an RBI double in the top of the first inning that scored McKenna Holtz for an early Bonnies lead.
The Bonnies got another run on a double steal in the third as Holtz swiped home while Hailey Blencowe stole second and the Bonnies pushed ahead by a pair.
The Colonials cut the Bonnies lead in half in the bottom of the third with an RBI single off the bat of Elena Shelepak.
Perechinsky put the Bonnies back in the driver's seat with her second RBI double of the day in the fifth, bringing around Alexandra Deal to score for a 3-1 cushion.
Shelepak doubled in the bottom half of the fifth, driving in her second run of the game, to pull the Colonials back within 3-2.
The St. Bonaventure bats opened the game up in the sixth inning.
Golay led off the inning with a double to left, then after a fielder's choice, Kaitlin Caringi reached on an error that scored pinch runner Brittany Fair. Holtz then picked up a bunt single before a wild pitch brought Mikayla Short into score. Deal reached on an infield single, then Hailey Blencowe and Perechinsky brought in two more runs with back-to-back sacrifice flies.
Golay later added what turned out to be a pivotal insurance run with a one-out seventh inning blast to left center for her second round-tripper of the year.
George Washington did not go away easy in the bottom of the seventh.
A three-run home run from Jenna Cone and a two-run shot off the bat of Priscilla Martinez brought the game within one, 8-7.
With the bases clear and two outs, a ground ball to first base finally ended the threat.
Rylee Hehir picked up her fifth win of the season for the Bonnies, working all seven innings (11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB).
St. Bonaventure is scheduled to host Canisius for a doubleheader Wednesday, March 28 at Joyce Field. It will be the home opener for the Bonnies and first pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.
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