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Bonnies Conclude Play At The Spring Games

Bonnies Conclude Play At The Spring Games

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team fell to Ohio and Central Michigan Saturday afternoon at The Spring Games.

The Bonnies fell to Ohio, 9-5, and dropped a 4-2 decision to Central Michigan in the final game of the spring break trip.

Tierney Fitzgerald blasted the first two home runs of her career to lead the Bonnies in game one against the Bobcats on Saturday.

Game 1 – Ohio 9, St. Bonaventure 5 | Box Score (PDF)
A five-run seventh inning pushed Ohio (8-12) to victory over the Bonnies.

The Bonnies bats started hot Saturday afternoon, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Brooke Kane-Walker started the Bonaventure scoring with a two-RBI double to right field, scoring Emily Lewandowski and Haley Strang.

Two batters later, Tierney Fitzgerald belted the first home run of her career to left field, scoring Kane-Walker from second and giving the Bonnies a 4-0 advantage.

Ohio responded in the bottom of the third with a grand slam off the bat of Caitlin Fogue to erase the Bona lead and tie the game.

Fitzgerald launched her second home run of the game in the top of the seventh to put the Bonnies back on top heading for the last of the seventh, 5-4.

The Bobcats, however, tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after Molly Trautman doubled home Alexa Holland.

After loading the bases, Fogue stepped up and hit her second grand slam of the contest to send Ohio to a 9-5 victory in walk-off fashion. 

Ally Haskell went the distance for the Bonnies, allowing nine hits and striking out one.

Lewandowski and Strang also had hits for the Bonnies.

Game 2 – Central Michigan 4, St. Bonaventure 2 | Box Score (PDF)
Central Michigan (3-11) got on the board first in the top of the first inning on a sac fly off the bat of Gisele Acuna to move ahead in the early going.

The Chippewas added a second run in the top of the third with a lead off home run from Morgan Gardner, pushing their lead to 2-0.

Central Michigan tried pulling away in the fourth, scoring a pair of runs on an error and a single, extending its lead to 4-0.

In the top of the sixth the Chippewas threatened to put more runs on the board, but Bonnies starter Rylee Hehir worked out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Bonnies within four.

Kane-Walker gave the Bonnies (2-7) life in the bottom of the sixth, doubling home McKenna Holtz from second, cutting the CMU lead to 4-1. Grace Perechinsky plated Kane-Walker with a single to right-center, bringing the Bonnies within two, 4-2.

Chippewa pitcher Kaitlyn Bean closed out the complete game, giving Central Michigan the 4-2 victory.

Hehir tossed a complete game for the Bonnies, allowing 10 hits and striking out one batter.

Perechinsky finished the game 2-for-3 while Strang and Holtz had one hit each.

The Bonnies are back in action Friday, March 14 on the road at Mount St. Mary's. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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