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Late Rallies Fall Short, Bonnies Drop Four-Game Series To George Mason

Late Rallies Fall Short, Bonnies Drop Four-Game Series To George Mason

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team dropped a pair of doubleheaders to George Mason Friday and Saturday at Joyce Field.

The Bonnies took home field for the first time in 698 days Friday afternoon.

The Patriots took Friday's doubleheader with an 8-7 decision in game one and 6-0 in game two.

The two teams were back at it Saturday with George Mason coming out on top again, 4-3, in a nine-inning game one and 8-7 in the nightcap.

GAME 1 – George Mason 8, St. Bonaventure 7 – Box Score (PDF)
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the bases loaded, freshman Grace Walker smacked a bases clearing double to bring St. Bonaventure within one, 8-7.

George Mason, however, would strikeout the next Bonnies batter to end the game.

The Patriots jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off a two-run blast from EJ Bankson in the top of the first inning.

George Mason added four more insurance runs in the top of the third, taking a commanding 6-0 lead.

The Bonnies struck back in the bottom half of the third when Tierney Fitzgerald singled to first, driving in Emily Lewandowski, cutting the Bona deficit to five, 6-1.

Grace Perechinsky brought home a second St. Bonaventure run in the third with a double to deep right field that scored Haley Strang.  

Lewandowski cut the Patriot's lead in half to 6-3 with an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth.

George Mason added another pair of runs in the top of the seventh to try and pull away from the Bonnies.

Ally Haskell earned the start in game one, working 6.2 innings. She allowed five earned runs and struck out five batters while surrendering eight hits.

GAME 2 – George Mason 6, St. Bonaventure 0 – Box Score (PDF)
Mason jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

The Patriots got a third run off an RBI triple in the fourth inning and then a two more runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

George Mason would add a fifth insurance run, earning the doubleheader sweep Friday afternoon.

Emily Phalen tossed the complete game for the Bonnies, striking out five opposing batters while giving up seven hits.

GAME 3 – George Mason 4, St. Bonaventure 3 F/9 – Box Score (PDF)
Fitzgerald stranded runners on second and third in the top of the seventh to keep the score tied and gave the Bonnies a chance to win it in the bottom half.

The Bonnies could not get anything going in the bottom of the seventh as the game headed to extra innings.

George Mason once again put runners in scoring position in the top of the ninth. The Patriots would not be denied this time as EJ Bankson brought home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly, giving George Mason the 4-3 win.

In the top of eighth, the Patriots put runners on second and third, but Fitzgerald worked out of another jam keep George Mason off the board.

Lewandowski's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Kennedy Haberl's sacrifice fly in the fourth gave St. Bonaventure its first lead of the day, 3-2.

George Mason, however, tied the game back up at 3-3 when Rachel Warrens singled to centerfield.

The Patriots got on the board first in game one Saturday, scoring two on a throwing error in the top of the first inning.

Fitzgerald answered in the bottom of the first with an RBI triple to right field, knotting the score at one.

Fitzgerald was magnificent in the circle, working all nine innings of play while striking out 12.

GAME 4 – George Mason 8, St. Bonaventure 7 – Box Score (PDF)
Perechinsky belted a ball over the left field fence to lead off the bottom of the seventh, trimming the Patriots lead to 8-7 and giving the Bonnies a chance to rally in the final inning.

The Patriots went to their ace to close out the game, recording the final three outs.

George Mason jumped out of the gates with a two-run home run in the top of the first, taking the early advantage.

The Bonnies tied the game in the bottom of the first after Perechinsky singled home Strang followed by Fitzgerald crossing home on a wild pitch, making the score 2-2.

The Patriots did not waste any time retaking the lead, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second.

St. Bonaventure, however, battled its way back into the contest with a four-run bottom half of the second. Strang reached on an error, scoring Samantha Moll. Next up was Fitzgerald who roped a double down the left field line, scoring two more as the hosts retook the lead, 5-4.

The Bonnies added their fourth run of the inning on a single to right field off the bat of Perechinsky.

George Mason responded once again, cutting the deficit to one, 6-5, in the third and then retaking the lead in the top of the fourth thanks to an RBI double and RBI single.

The visitors added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly, extending their lead to 8-6.

Haskell earned the game two start, tossing 3.0 innings and striking out three. Phelan entered in relief and pitched the final four innings, striking out five and allowing just two runs.

The Bonnies are back in action Saturday, April 10 on the road at Fordham. The Bonnies series against the Rams will be non-conference contests.

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