Softball: Bonnies sweep Niagara in doubleheader

By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

After a 9-1 win in game one, Emily McDonough and the Bonnies got their offense moving early again in their second game against Niagara on Tuesday afternoon.

McDonough continued her hot streak at the plate in the bottom of the first inning when she singled to left field. A Hailey Blencowe groundout, followed by a Grace Rooney single, would plate McDonough for the game’s first run.  Katie Sinclair then drove in Rooney before Emily Belfield would bring them both home on a homerun over the left field fence. The Bonnies led 4-0 through two innings.

In the top of the third, with the bases loaded, Briana Clark drove one to left field, bringing in Katelyn Gruarin to cut the Bonnies lead to 4-1. However, Emily Belfield would come up big again by bringing Rooney home for the center fielder’s third RBI of the day.

In the top of the fourth, Alexis Sloat would replace Kristin Hickling, who gave up two hits in three innings on the mound.  Victoria Bretz singled to center field and Jessica Chandler reached first on a fielder’s choice, but the purple eagles would not score. Niagara would get three quick outs in the bottom of the fourth to hold the Bonnies at 5-1.

With bases loaded in the top of the fifth, the Bonnies would bring in Carly Bilchak to relieve Sloat.  Brianna Clark would score on a wild pitch, but the purple eagles would leave runners on 2nd and 3rd.  The Bonnies would lead 5-2 entering the bottom of the fifth.

Katelyn Gruarin would earn a walk and steal second with two outs.  An RBI single by Deserae Maldanado would plate Gruarin and make it 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The Purple Eagles would try to rally in the top of the seventh, but the Bonnies were able to hang onto their lead for the 5-3 victory to finish the 2-game sweep.

Junior Alexis Sloat would earn the win for the Bonnies and Carly Bilchak earned her first save of the season, allowing one run in 2.2 innings.

The 11-19 Bonnies will face Marist in a double header on Thursday.

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