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Softball Suffers Pair Of Close Defeats To Merrimack and Holy Cross

Softball Suffers Pair Of Close Defeats To Merrimack and Holy Cross

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team suffered a pair of close losses Friday afternoon at The Spring Games.

The Bonnies started the day, taking a late lead against Merrimack but fell, 3-2, to the Warriors after they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Bonaventure suffered its second defeat of the day to Holy Cross, 3-0.

Game 1 – Merrimack 3, St. Bonaventure 2 – Box Score (PDF)
Merrimack scored three times in the seventh to score the win Friday.

It was a pitcher's duel until the fifth inning Friday between the Bonnies and the Warriors.

Brooke Kane-Walker's two-RBI single in the top of the fifth scored Haley Strang and McKenna Holtz, giving the Bonnies a 2-0 lead.

The Bonnies had a chance for insurance runs in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs.

Merrimack (1-8), however, retired the next three batters to get out of the jam.

A single and a stolen base put Zoe Driscoll-Sbar on second with no outs. A passed ball moved Driscoll-Sbar to third and that was followed by a walk, putting runners on the corners. After a pitching change, Nicole Koshes singled up the middle, scoring Driscoll-Sbar while moving Elizabeth McCoy to third to cut the Bona lead in half.

Next up was Tiffany Mangiameli who loaded the bases with a bunt single with no outs in the inning. Pinch hitter Lucy Colarusso singled to third, bringing home McCoy and tying the game at 2-2.

Kelly Dovi was the next batter, reaching base on a fielding error and loading the bases once again. Catcher Gabby Comeau stepped up and belted a ball to left-center, bringing home the winning run and giving the Warriors the 3-2 victory.

Tierney Fitzgerald made her first start of the season, tossing six innings allowing three hits, two earned runs and striking out five. Rylee Hehir suffered the loss in relief, allowing four hits.

Game 2 – Holy Cross 3, St. Bonaventure 0 – Box Score (PDF)
Holy Cross starter Katie Barbarick tossed a no-hitter, striking out one and walking four.

It was another slow start for the bats in game two of the afternoon as the Bonnies and Crusaders remained scoreless through three complete innings.

A bases load walk in the fourth inning, gave Holy Cross a 1-0 lead.

Later in the fourth, Olivia Eckelman drove in two with a single down the left field line, pushing the Crusader lead to 3-0.

That would be all Holy Cross (2-6) to earn the victory.

Ally Haskell tossed a complete game for the Bonnies, striking out two and allowing three walks.

The Bonnies are back in action Saturday afternoon with a pair of games. Bonaventure plays Ohio at 2:00 p.m. followed by a contest against Central Michigan at 4:30 p.m.

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