HONOLULU – St. Bonaventure junior Rylee Hehir twirled eight innings without allowing an earned run to send the Bonnies past rival Niagara, 2-1, in extras to cap off the day's action at the University of Hawaii Friday. The thrilling win in the nightcap followed a 12-0 setback vs. Cal in the early game.
GAME 1 – Cal 12, St. Bonaventure 0 (5 innings) – Box Score (PDF)
The Golden Bears were led to victory by a combined effort at the plate and in the circle.
Cal, which earned votes in the national Top 25 polls at the start of the year, jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the opening inning, adding on four more runs in the top of the second. The Golden Bears capped the night with a final three runs to made the score 12-0.
Zoe Conley tossed a complete game no-hitter with nine strikeouts on 48 pitches for the Bears.
Rylee Hehir made her first start of the Hawaii trip for the Bonnies and struck out a Cal batter before being relieved by freshman Alyssa Yungwirth. Yungwirth made her first career appearance in the circle for the Brown and White, managing to strike out two Cal batters in three innings of work.
GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 2, Niagara 1 (8 innings) – Box Score (PDF)
Strong pitching proved to be crucial for both the Bonnies and Purple Eagles, as neither team allowed a run through the seven innings of play.
Though the Bonnies managed to get into scoring position multiple times, they were unable to capitalize until the extra eighth inning.
Using the international tiebreaker rule in extra innings, Elizabeth Enovitch started the eighth placed on second base. She went to third when Alexandra Piergustavo singled through the left side, setting the stage for Olivia Golay who would deliver a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to score Enovitch for the game's first run. Later, Mikayla Short walked with the bases loaded to force home what would become an important insurance run.
Hehir nearly had the Bonnies' first complete game, eight-inning shutout in over a decade, but an error allowed Tara Driver to score the only run of the game for the Purple Eagles. With the tying run on base, Hehir coaxed a fly out to end the game.
Hehir finished the night with just one unearned run against her and did not walk a batter, throwing 57 of her 87 pitches for strikes. She scattered five hits and struck out three.
The Bonnies will close their Hawaii trip Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST with a single game against Utah.
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