ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Alexandra Deal and Grace Perechinsky each had days to remember, powering the St. Bonaventure softball team past Little Three rival Canisius in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at Joyce Field. The Bonnies scored a 4-3 win in eight innings in game one before earning a 7-2 triumph in the night cap.
Deal went 7-for-8 at the plate with four runs scored on the day including strong defense in centerfield. Perechinsky drove in five RBIs in the victories.
Game One – St. Bonaventure 4, Canisius 3 (8 innings) | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies led early, then withstood a Canisius rally to walk off a winner via a wild pitch in the eighth inning of the first game.
Canisius threatened in the first, loading the bases without the aid of a hit, but St. Bonaventure starter Rylee Hehir picked up a strikeout to end the threat without any damage.
In the home half of the opening inning, the Bonnies jumped on top as McKenna Holtz drilled a no-doubt home run to the field beyond left center for a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Griffs evened the score with a run in the second, but the Bonnies would re-take the advantage in the third.
Deal singled with one out, moving to second after a walk to Hailey Blencowe. Perechinsky then came through with a double down the right field line, plating both Deal and Blencowe for a 3-1 score.
Canisius pulled within 3-2 with a run in the fourth and threatened for more in the fifth, but some nice defense helped the Bonnies maintain the lead.
With runners at first and second with one away, Lindsi Dennis punched a single to left. Cassie Ho attempted to score from second, but Bonnies left fielder Mikayla Short threw home where Perechinsky was able to scramble around the plate and apply the tag on Ho before she could reach home for a pivotal out, allowing Bona to remain on top.
The Griffs tied the contest on an Ashley Barnett double to left center with one away in the sixth, making it a 3-3 game.
After heading for extra innings, the Bonnies would win it in the eighth.
Deal led off with an infield single, moving into scoring position by stealing second. She moved to third on a fly out, then scored when a Canisius pitch went to the backstop.
Deal went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in the victory to key the offense. Hehir started and worked three innings (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) while Grace Van Horn tossed two innings of relief (2.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K). Sydney Burk earned her first career win in the circle (1-0) with three innings of one-run ball.
Game Two – St. Bonaventure 7, Canisius 2 | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies led from the outset and never relinquished control during the nightcap.
Bona got on the board first in the second inning thanks to another Canisius wild pitch. Olivia Golay led off the inning with an infield single, but was scratched off the bases on a fielder's choice. A fielding error and a hit batter put a Bonnies runner at third and Brooke Kane-Walker came in to score on a pitch to the netting for a 1-0 advantage.
The hosts doubled their advantage in the third when Deal helped to manufacture another run. She singled to lead off, then caused more trouble with her speed on the base paths when she stole second and moved to third on a throwing error from the Canisius catcher on her steal attempt.
Deal gave the Bonnies some breathing room in the fourth when she smacked a two-out triple down the right field line, bringing home Holtz.
Canisius made things interesting with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth and threatened for more before Van Horn was able to retire the side.
The Brown and White picked up the insurance they were looking for in the home half of the inning with some two-out thunder. Deal doubled with two down to start things before Blencowe walked. Perechinsky then delivered a drive to the fence in right center field to plate both Deal and Blencowe. Golay followed with an RBI single to extend the lead to five.
Golay was a perfect 4-for-4 while Deal was 3-for-3 at the plate and Perechinsky went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
With her outing Wednesday, Deal lifted her season batting average from .281 to .344. Golay bumped her season average to .419 with her successful day at the plate.
The Bonnies are slated to be back in action Thursday in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader at Joyce Field vs. Dayton beginning at noon.
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