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St. Bonaventure, N.Y. – The Fordham softball team enjoyed a record-setting day during Wednesday's doubleheader sweep at St. Bonaventure. The Rams blasted the Bonnies for a single-game record 23 runs in game one before run-ruling the hosts, 12-2, in game two. The two victories help improve Fordham to 34-12 on the year and 10-4 in conference play.
Senior Sydney Canessa
also enjoyed a career day at the plate, tallying a perfect 6-for-6 in game one, a single-game program record, finishing with five singles, a grand slam, and eight RBI, just one shy of Beckah Wiggins' single-game record of nine.
Fordham had to rally back from a 6-4 deficit in game one after taking an early 4-0 lead over the first two innings. The Rams loaded the bases quickly on singles by Canessa and Jessica Hughes
and a walk by Lindsay Mayer
but could only score two in the first on a Madison Shaw
sac fly and a Skylar Johnston
groundout. In the second, the visitors tacked on two more on a Canessa RBI single and a throwing error by pitcher Emma Borysevicz, after she had caught a line drive by Hughes and attempted to turn a double play. St. Bonaventure tagged starter Lauren Quense
for six unearned runs in the bottom of the inning on an error by shortstop Mayer that would've ended the frame, but two singles, a walk, and a triple followed to give the hosts a two-run lead.
The Rams took the lead for good in the third, getting within one with a Shaw opposite way solo blast to lead off the inning and later a Madison Aughinbaugh
RBI walk with one out. The base on balls led to a pitching change, Borysevicz giving way for Sam Wood. However, Wood would give up the decisive hit on her first batter, a two-run single by Canessa to left center to score Ally Vergona
and Jordana Storm
. Quense enjoyed her first 1-2-3 inning before the offense busted out for another five runs in the fourth, capped by Canessa's grand slam after Vergona's RBI single. The Bonnies added two more runs of their own in the fourth, again both unearned, after an error by Hughes, who had moved to shortstop the inning prior.
After a quiet fifth inning, the fireworks began in the sixth, leading to a 15-run lead and the record 23 total runs scored in the game. Aughinbaugh and Canessa each singled to open the frame and Hughes walked to load the bases. The scoring started out innocuously with a Mayer sac fly before Shaw was walked on four pitches to re-load the bases. Johnston ripped the first pitch she saw to center to score one before Quense's second double in as many innings cleared the bases. After a Storm single up the middle, Vergona plated Quense with a single in the same direction. The Rams batted around, with Aughinbaugh singling to load the bases once again. Canessa singled in her eighth run of the afternoon to that point, Hughes plated another on a groundout, and Mayer drove in the final two with a single to left to clinch the record. Taylor Stocks
came on in relief of Quense and worked a scoreless sixth frame around a one-out single to close things out.
The Bonnies got on the board first in game two when Desiree Gonzalez scored from first on a throwing error by Vergona on a sac bunt attempt. Aughinbaugh also allowed a sixth inning unearned run after committing an error herself and an error by Quense at first but was otherwise solid, giving up five hits in six frames with three walks and four strikeouts to pick up her 14th
win. The freshman helped her own cause with a two-out RBI single in the first to tie the game up before the offense broke out in the third.
Mayer singled through the left side to lead off before Shaw pulled a home run beyond the right field fence for the go-ahead runs, 3-1. Jordy Storm plated Chelsea Skrepenak
, pinch-running for Johnston after the freshman walked, with a double to right and scored herself on another Vergona single. Aughinbaugh singled on a sac bunt attempt down the third base line to put runners on the corners and Vergona scored on Canessa's sac fly before Hughes drove in Aughinbaugh with a double to center.
Shaw blasted her second home run of the game and third of the day in the fourth inning, a solo effort, to right to bring the score to 8-1. Fordham then scored four in the sixth to cause another run rule ending. Hughes walked to open the frame and advanced to third on Mayer's double to the left centerfield gap. Shaw again walked on four pitches to load the bases and the first two runners both scored on Skrepenak's seeing-eye single, her lone at-bat of the day. Another run scored on a wild pitch but the bases re-loaded via a Quense walk. Storm posted two more RBIs with a single up the middle to round out the day's scoring.
On the day, the Rams batted .544 as a team, with 10 different players notching at least one hit, and all but two tallying three or more. In fact, six Rams enjoyed four or more hits. Vergona led the way with a tremendous 6-for-8 batting line with a team-high six runs scored, followed by Canessa's 6-for-9 day with the grand slam, nine runs driven in, and four runs scored. Mayer, Johnston, Aughinbaugh, and Storm all tallied four hits, with the latter two each crossing home plate four times, as well.
Fordham also drew 13 walks as opposed to three strikeouts and once again have more walks than strikeouts on the year, with 192 and 184, respectively. Today's offense also boosted the team's average up to .312, back once again as the best team average in program history, after being at .310 three weeks ago.
In the circle, Quense and Aughinbaugh picked up wins 16 and 14, respectively, with the latter going the distance for the eighth time this season. All 10 runs scored against Rams pitchers on the day were unearned.
Fordham returns home to finish out the home portion of its schedule, first against George Washington this weekend, then Dayton next weekend and St. John's on May 3. This weekend's three-game series starts with Saturday's doubleheader, beginning at noon at Bahoshy Field.