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HONOLULU – Though their campuses are separated by less than 100 miles, Little Three rivals St. Bonaventure and Niagara traveled over 4,700 miles to face off for the first time this year Thursday night at Hawaii University.
And, thanks to a middle innings rally, it would be the St. Bonaventure softball team that came out on top, 3-1.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, strong pitching from freshman Allie Haskell along with run-scoring hits from Abigail Stone and McKenna Holtz put the Bonnies on top in the fourth and fifth frames before Holtz sealed the win with a steal of home.
The night started in the Purple Eagles' favor, as Jennifer Timm batted in an RBI single to bring Kelsey Harrigan in at the bottom of the first.
The Bonnies soon bounced back.
In the top of the fourth, with two outs and Alexandra Deal in scoring position, Stone singled up through the right side to tie the game up at one. In the following inning, Holtz continued her offensive heroics and doubled into left field to bring in Mikayla Short, giving Bona the 2-1 advantage. The hit lifted Short's batting average to a lofty .429 on the season.
The final score of the game came when Deal stole second and Holtz swiped home on a double steal to make it 3-1 in favor of the Brown and White.
Haskell led the Bonnies in the circle, tossing a complete game while striking out two batters and allowing only four hits on the night.
The Bonnies return to the field on Friday for a doubleheader against California and Niagara at 6:00 p.m. EST and 8:30 p.m. EST.
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