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Blencowe Drives In Four Runs; Flyers Pull Past Bonnies Late

Senior Hailey Blencowe finished with four RBIs on Friday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Senior Hailey Blencowe finished with four RBIs on Friday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Late inning offense erased a Bonnies lead and sent Dayton to an Atlantic 10 victory over the St. Bonaventure softball team Friday afternoon at Joyce Field in a game that was much closer than its 12-5 final score would represent.

Senior Hailey Blencowe drove in four runs to power the Bonnies offense. 

Friday's game got underway after a delay of three hours and 13 minutes due to cold temperatures. When the contest finally got underway, it was a back-and-forth affair in the early innings.

St. Bonaventure jumped on top first with a pair of runs in its first at-bat.

McKenna Holtz led off the first inning by working a walk, then she came around to score when Alexandra Deal ripped a triple to center for an RBI and a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame, Deal crossed the plate on a run-scoring ground out off the bat of Blencowe for a 2-0 Bonnies lead.

Dayton responded, however, with four runs in the second to push ahead by two.

Bona would come back, though, with three runs of their own in the home half of the second inning.

Mikayla Short reached on an error, then moved to second on a single up the middle by Holtz. Deal then worked a walk to load the bases, setting the stage for Blencowe. The senior delivered, driving a double to the fence in right center to clear the base paths for a 5-4 Bona lead.

Dayton (12-18, 3-3 Atlantic 10) again had an answer, pushing a run across in the third for a 5-5 deadlock.

The score remained tied until the fifth when Ellie Ziegler stepped to the plate, sending a pitch out to left for a solo home run and a 6-5 edge.

The Brown and White threatened in the fifth, putting two runners on after Olivia Golay walked and Emma Borysevicz was hit by a pitch. The Bonnies appeared to have a great chance to tie or take the lead with runners at first and second when Short drove a ball down the left field line. Short's attempt at extra bases was ruled foul, and the Flyers later escaped any damage.

The visitors would pull away with six runs in the seventh inning, taking control and erasing any doubt.

Deal continued her standout week by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, reaching base three times on the day. 

St. Bonaventure (8-17, 1-5) is next in action Wednesday, hosting Youngstown State in a non-conference doubleheader at Joyce Field beginning at 3 p.m.

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