Kingston, R.I. - An impressive pitching performance by Rylee Hehir and home runs from Brooke Kane-Walker and Grace Perechinsky gave the St. Bonaventure softball team a doubleheader sweep over Rhode Island Saturday afternoon.
The Bonnies defeated the Rams by a 3-1 final in game one and carried the momentum into game two, pushing ahead in the seventh for a 5-4 victory.
GAME 1 – St. Bonaventure 3, Rhode Island 1 | Box Score (PDF)
A pitching duel between Bona junior Rylee Hehir and Rhode Island's Becca Rogers highlighted the first of two games as neither team allowed a run through four innings of play.
Though both teams managed to get runners into scoring position through the first four frames, it was not until the bottom of the fifth when the Rams got into the scoring column on a sac fly to bring Rebecca Simms across the plate.
However, Rhode Island's lead did not last long.
Bonaventure added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Samantha Moll was able to score on a wild pitch.
Hehir threw a complete game for the Brown and White, giving up only four hits and striking out five Rams batters.
GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 5, Rhode Island 4 | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies grabbed two runs in the first inning to set the tone early, then used some power in the third to extend the lead.
Kane-Walker led off the third with her third home run of the season and Grace Perechinsky followed with a home run of her own to give the Bonnies a 4-0 lead following the back-to-back blasts.
The Rams managed to rally, and they did so with two home runs of their own.
In the bottom of the fifth, Faith Musselwhite homered, followed by a double by Caileigh Holland. Ari Castillo then smacked a two-run homer for a 4-4 tie.
The Bonnies would find the winning run in the seventh, though.
Alexandra Deal started the inning by reaching on an error, getting into scoring position with a steal of second. A bunt single from Kane-Walker put Deal at third and, following a line out, Perechinsky brought in the winning run with a groundout that allowed Deal to race home.
Heir was able to work the seventh with a strikeout, a foul out and a ground out to lock down the win.
Tierney Fitzgerald started in the circle for game two and threw 4.1 innings before running into trouble. Hehir returned to the circle and completed the game, striking out three batters and allowing one hit to earn her second win of the day.
The Bonnies are back in action Sunday for the third and final game of the series against Rhode Island. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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