FAIRFAX, Va. – Strong pitching by freshman Alyssa Yungwirth and three RBI singles from Brooke Kane-Walker led the St. Bonaventure softball team to a 6-5 victory over George Mason in game one of the Saturday doubleheader on the road.
The Patriots, however, were able to take game two, 5-1.
GAME 1- ST. BONAVENTURE 6, GEORGE MASON 5
George Mason put the first runs of the game on the board on a bases loaded walk and a passed ball in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead.
The Bonnies then began their comeback and never looked back.
In the top of the second, the Bonnies were able to cut George Mason's lead in half after Alexandra Piergustavo scored on Olivia Golay's ground out.
Kane-Walker tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third for St. Bonaventure when she hit her first RBI single of the day to bring in McKenna Holtz.
Freshman Abby Borkowski gave the Bonnies a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth with an RBU single to right field, bringing in Golay.
The Bonnies added additional runs in the top of the fifth when Holtz led off the inning with a double into center field, immediately followed by a bunt double by Alexandra Deal. With two runners on and no outs, Kane-Walker smacked a two RBI double to right, bringing in Holtz and Deal and pushing the lead to 5-2.
An insurance run crossed in the top of the sixth when Holtz reached first on an error and Abby Borkowski was able to score, giving the Bonnies a 6-3 lead heading into the final at-bats.
The Patriots tried to rally late, scoring a run in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, Taylor Dadig reached on a fielder's choice and Anna Dimari brought in a fourth Patriot run in the seventh off an RBI single.
A fly-out and a ground-out ended the game with St. Bonaventure winning by a final score of 6-5.
Freshman Alyssa Yungwirth pitched her first complete game at St. Bonaventure, earning the win and allowing only one earned run on the day while striking out three Patriot batters.
GAME 2 – GEORGE MASON 5, ST. BONAVENTURE 1
Much like game one, pitching played a crucial role.
Marina Vitalich of George Mason earned the win, throwing a complete game and allowing only one earned run. Additionally, Vitalich struck out 10 St. Bonaventure batters, five within the first two innings.
George Mason was able to get on the board in the bottom of the first when Jess Curbeira smashed a two-run double into left-field with two outs to give George Mason the early 2-0 lead.
Kane-Walker singled home Borkowski in the top of the fifth for the only Bona run of the game.
Two runs in the third and another in the fifth gave the Patriots a 5-1 advantage to put the game out of reach.
Ally Haskell got the nod for game two, throwing a complete game and allowing one earned run over six innings of work.
The Bonnies return to action Sunday for the third and final game of the series against George Mason. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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