ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team dropped an Atlantic 10 doubleheader to Saint Louis Saturday afternoon at Joyce Field. The Billikens took game one in five innings, 9-0, and needed an extra frame to take game two, 6-2, in eight innings for the sweep.
GAME 1 – Saint Louis 9, St. Bonaventure 0 – Box Score (PDF)
The Billikens jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Kat Lane ripped an RBI single into left field. A solo shot off the bat of Maria Connell extended the Saint Louis lead to 2-0 in the top of the third.
A three-run fourth inning gave the Billikens a five-run advantage and they would never look back. Sadie Wise started the scoring in the fourth with an RBI single up the middle, bringing home Lane and making the score 3-0. Kowalik reached on an error, allowing Wise to cross home, extending the Saint Louis lead to 4-0. The final run of the inning came off the bat of Breitbach who doubled to left-center, scoring Kowalik to make the score 5-0.
Kowalik put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the top of the fifth, pushing the Saint Louis lead to 9-0.
GAME 2 – Saint Louis 6, St. Bonaventure 2 – Final/8 – Box Score (PDF)
It took an extra inning but Saint Louis rallied from a 2-1 deficit with a run in the seventh and four in the top of the eighth to secure the victory.
Saint Louis broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single off the bat of Mackenzie Lawson. Lomax followed her up with an RBI double to center, making the score 4-2. A Lane single and a Wise double put two more insurance runs on the board, extending the Billikens lead to 6-2.
It was a pitcher's duel in game two with the game remaining scoreless until the fifth inning when Lawson smacked a solo home run to left-center, breaking the deadlock and giving the Billikens a 1-0 lead.
Like the Billikens, it took until the fifth inning for the Bonnies bats to get going. With McKenna Holtz standing on second Alexandra Deal stepped up and roped a single right up the middle, bringing in Holtz to tie the game, 1-1. Next up was Brooke Kane-Walker, who notched an RBI single of her own on an almost identical play as Deal, giving the Bonnies a 2-1 lead.
Alyssa Yungwirth got the nod in game two and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. The freshman tossed a career-high eight innings in an complete game effort for the Brown and White.
The Bonnies are back in action Sunday, May 5 for their season finale against Saint Louis. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Prior to Sunday's first pitch the Bonnies will honor their six graduating seniors – Alexandra Deal, Alexandra Piergustavo, Olivia Golay, Brittany Fair, Kaitlin Caringi and Sam Wood.