YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Pitching highlighted the matchup between the Bonnies and the Penguins Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action as Youngstown State scored a doubleheader sweep.
However, the St. Bonaventure University softball team was unable to prevail against Youngstown's strong pitching core of Addy Javis and Elle Buffenbarger who combined for 16 strikeouts while keeping the Bonnies bats quiet. The Bonnies fell to Youngstown 1-0 in the first game, followed by a 5-1 defeat in game two.
Game 1 – Youngstown State 1, St. Bonaventure 0 | Box Score (PDF)
Game one was a pitching duel between St. Bonaventure and Youngstown State.
Freshman Alyssa Yungswirth pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless ball for the Bonnies before allowing a run Ally Haskell entered the game in relief and threw 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and striking out one Youngstown batter. For Youngstown, Addy Jarvis threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
The Bonnies had an early opportunity to put a run on the board when Brooke Kane-Walker hit a double into deep center field to start the first inning. However, the Bonnies bats went cold for the next three innings until the top of the fourth when Abigail Stone's single through the right side put Grace Perechinsky into scoring position. However, Jarvis ended the threat with a strikeout to end the inning.
Youngstown State got the only run of the game in the fourth.
Maddi Lusk singled and advanced to second on an error. After Elizabeth Birkbeck singled into left center, Lusk scored the only run of the game.
Bonaventure had a chance to rally in the top of the seventh when Alexandra Piergustavo checked in to pinch hit and immediately into center field. This was not enough to stop Jarvis, who completed the game with 10 strikeouts.
Game 2 – Youngstown State 5, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)
Once again, the Bonnies found themselves in a pitching battle with the Penguins. Junior Rylee Hehir got the nod for Bonaventure in game two, throwing three shutout innings, striking out four batters before running into trouble. Tierney Fitzgerald came on in relief, allowing only one more run and striking out an additional four Penguin batters.
For Youngstown State Elle Buffenbarger earned the victory, striking out six batters before being replaced by Maddi Lusk, who struck out four batters in three innings and allowed only two hits.
The Penguins retaliated with four runs of their own when Lusk, Youngtown's leading RBI hitter as well, smacked a three-run homer into center field. DeLeon tacked on a run with an RBI double to make it 4-1 before Saibene flew out to left field to end the inning. Cea earned the fifth run of the game on an error, but the Bonnies were able to minimize the damage by getting two outs to end the inning.
The Bonnies will travel to La Salle Saturday afternoon to resume conference play in a doubleheader with game one scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.
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