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Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Western Michigan For First Wins of 2020

Ally Haskell picked up the win in the second game of the doubleheader. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Ally Haskell picked up the win in the second game of the doubleheader. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

MADIERA BEACH, Fla. – St. Bonaventure earned a doubleheader sweep of Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon with a 6-2 game one triumph before holding on for a 4-3 decision in the nightcap.

The Bonnies picked up their first wins of the year, improving to 2-2 on the season.

GAME 1 – St. Bonaventure 6, Western Michigan 2 | Box Score (PDF)

Bona grabbed an early lead with two runs in each of the first two innings. Brooke Kane-Walker plated the first run on a fielder's choice and a second run came across thanks to an error in the first inning. In the second, Haley Strang drilled a triple to score Abby Borkowski all the way from first. One batter later, Mckenna Holtz brought in Strang with a run-scoring infield single.

The Bonnies got insurance in the fourth with two more scores. Emily Lewandowski provided an RBI single and Grace Perechinsky doubled in Lewandowski to double the SBU lead.

WMU (3-13) got a run back in the fourth, but Rylee Hehir was in a rhythm in the circle for the Brown and White. She allowed just two runs on one walk with one strikeout and was able to strand two runners on base in the seventh to earn the complete game victory.

Perechinsky went 3-for-4 while Holtz had two hits and two runs.

GAME 2 – St. Bonaventure 4, Western Michigan 3 | Box Score (PDF)

St. Bona broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with one big swing of the bat.

A single and two walks loaded the bases for Strang. She delivered with a bomb to left, making her first collegiate home run a grand slam for a 4-0 lead.

Western Michigan threatened in the fifth.

Starter Ally Haskell enjoyed a strong first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth when the Broncos scored three times. Hehir came on in relief and coaxed a ground out with two runners aboard to end the trouble.

WMU had two runners on in the sixth as well, but again Hehir delivered a ground ball and a force at short to put out the fire.

Haskell earned the win with 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with a strikeout while Hehir got the save with 2.1 innings, allowing one hit and one walk.

Bona needed just two hits and did not leave a runner on base in the game.

The Bonnies are back in action vs. Loyola Chicago Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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