ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure went back-and-forth with George Washington for four innings of a slugfest Thursday afternoon in game one, but the Colonials roared late for a 20-9 win before using an impressive pitching effort to seal the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 triumph in the nightcap.
GAME 1 – George Washington 20, St. Bonaventure 9 (6 innings) | Box Score (PDF)
The Colonials opened up the scoring early when they pushed seven runs across in the top of the first.
The Bonnies were quick to rally with four runs of their own to close out the inning and cut into the GW lead.
After a line out to start the inning, Alexandra Deal tripled into right center and Alexandra Piergustavo and Grace Perechinsky were walked to load the bases with two outs. Freshman Abigail Stone then delivered an RBI double to clear the bases as three runs came across the plate.
Immediately after, senior Kaitlin Caringi doubled into left to bring in Stone and allow the Bonnies to chip away at the Colonials edge.
The Bonnies were the able to even the score in the second.
Mikayla Short led off the inning with a walk and Mckenna Holtz reached on a bunt single to begin the inning. Deal then ripped her second triple of the game, plating two and she would later tie the game as she scored on a wild pitch.
Scoring did not resume for either team until the top of the fifth when a double from Sierra Lange put two Colonial runs on the board, breaking the 7-7 tie. George Washington added to its lead when Alessandra Ponce smashed a two-run home run to right.
The Bonnies made their second attempt at a rally when Caringi smacked her second RBI double of the game to bring in Samantha Moll in the home half of the fifth. Olivia Golay singled to send Brittany Fair across the plate for a 12-9 score.
The comeback effort was soon stopped by GW with a strikeout, a flyout and an eight-run sixth inning.
GAME 2- George Washington 4, St. Bonaventure 0 | Box Score (PDF)
The Bonnies found themselves in a pitching battle in game two. Tierney Fitzgerald got the nod for Bonaventure, throwing the first complete game in her collegiate career. The freshman allowed four runs and struck out two.
For George Washington Sierra Lange earned her 22nd win of the year, striking out nine batters and allowing only four hits.
Heading into the fifth with a 2-0 lead, Elena Shelepak singled to left center to bring in Bulandi, which was followed by a single by a Bloomfield single to score Ponce.
Despite two final shutout innings, the Bonnies are unable to score against the GW starter.
The Bonnies will return to Joyce Field Friday afternoon to complete the series against George Washington first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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