PHILADELPHIA – A seven-run seventh inning in game one and a four-run fifth in game two propelled the St. Bonaventure University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of La Salle Saturday on the road.
The Bonnies defeated the Explorers 6-5 in game one and carried momentum into game two, winning 5-2.
GAME 1 – St. Bonaventure 6, La Salle 5 – Box Score (PDF)
It took until the final inning, but the Bona bats came alive in the top of the seventh facing a 3-1 deficit.
Alexandra Deal got the scoring started with an RBI single that brought McKenna Holtz across the plate, to pull within a run. Later in the inning, Alexandra Piergustavo roped a single up the middle, scoring Deal to tie the game at 3-3.
Freshman Abigail Stone gave the Brown and White the lead with an RBI single of her own, bringing the score to 4-3. Junior Olivia Golay then reached on an error that scored two runs, giving the Bonnies a 6-3 advantage.
The Explorers got two back in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run off the bat of Emily Conaway, but Rylee Hehir was able to pick up the final out to secure the victory.
The Bonnies were able to score first in the top of the fifth on a Holtz RBI single. The Explorers, however, used a pair of RBI singles to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Deal and Stone had two hits each in the game for the Bonnies.
Hehir earned the win in the circle, pitching in relief (2.2 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 ER). Alyssa Yungwirth got the start, tossing 4.1 innings and striking out five La Salle batters.
GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 5, La Salle, 2 – Box Score (PDF)
Like game one, the Bonnies trailed late in game two, 1-0, but a four-run fifth gave Bona the lead and the Bonnies never looked back.
Later in the top of the fifth, Deal stole second which led to a throwing error that allowed Holtz to come across and score, making the Bonnies advantage, 4-1.
La Salle pulled one back in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder's choice, bringing the score to 4-2.
Brooke Kane-Walker gave the visitors an insurance run in the seventh with a solo blast to center field, pushing the lead to 5-2.
Golay had two hits, including a double and Deal added two hits to lead the Bonnies offense.
Freshman Tierney Fitzgerald earned the start and earned the first win of her career (5.0 IP, 3 K, 1, BB, 2 ER). Ally Haskell was credited with the first save of her career, tossing two innings and striking out three.
The Bonnies are back in action Sunday for the third and final game of the series against La Salle. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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