ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team split a doubleheader with Dayton Sunday afternoon at Joyce Field.
The Bonnies broke game one open early with a six-run second inning, propelling them to a 7-4 victory.
Dayton rebounded and forced a series split with a 4-1 victory in game two.
GAME 1 – St. Bonaventure 7, Dayton 4
Dayton grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double in the top of the first inning.
The Bonnies, however, plated six in the bottom of the second to break open a 6-1 lead early in the contest.
Kennedy Haberl drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the first run for the Bonnies. Next up was Brooke Bobbey who belted a single up the middle, plating a pair of runs and giving the Bonnies a 3-1 lead.
Grace Walker wasted no time adding to the St. Bonaventure lead, blasting a two-run double to right-center to give the Bonnies a 5-1 advantage. The sixth run of the inning came across to score on an RBI single off the bat of Haley Strang.
The Flyers were able to pull one back in the top of the third, making the score 6-2.
Dayton continued to try and chip away at the Bonnies lead, scoring a third run in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to three.
Abigail Stone singled home an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, extending the Bona lead to 7-3.
Dayton tried to rally in the top of the seventh, blasting a solo home run to pull within three, 7-4, but the Haberl would make an incredible diving catch at shortstop to end the game on the next batter.
Emily Phalen earned the first win of her career, tossing four innings and striking out three Dayton batters. Ally Haskell earned the save, working the final three innings with three strikeouts.
GAME 2 – Dayton 4, St Bonaventure 1
Dayton once again pulled out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on an RBI ground out.
The Flyers tacked on another run in the second also on an RBI ground out, pushing their lead to 2-0.
The Bonnies cut their deficit in half to 2-1 when Brooke Bobbey tripled and then scored after the relay throw went out of play.
Dayton added insurance runs in the third and fourth inning, earning the win and the series split with the Bonnies.
The Bonnies close out the regular season next Saturday and Sunday with a four-game series with George Washington at Joyce Field.
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