Niagara’s quest for experiencing victory twice in the same day came up just a bit short Thursday in Vestal as host Binghamton University rallied in the nightcap to split the non-conference softball twin bill at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Bridget Hunt’s double drove in Taylor Chaffee with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Chaffee reached via error to lead off the inning for the Bearcats (15-18).
The run thwarted a potential Niagara comeback win as the Purple Eagles rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the top of the seventh, tying things on Ali VanGiesen’s two-run homer. VanGiesen went 3 for 4 for Niagara (11-21) in the nightcap to lead a 15-hit attack. Bridget Hogan also went 3 for 4, while Brittany Richberg went 3 for 5.
In the opener, Niagara bolted to a five-run lead and held on for the 5-3 triumph. Richberg’s two-run single highlighted a three-run fourth inning. Prior to Richberg’s hit, the Purple Eagles broke the scoreless knot when a bases-loaded error with two outs allowed Aileen Hinton to score. Richberg drove in another run with a fielder’s choice in the sixth to make it 4-0. Ally Gay later hit a run-scoring double to increase the lead. Kim Bryson earned the win, scattering six hits with five strikeouts.
LACROSSE: St. Bonaventure’s women’s team dropped a 15-7 decision at Atlantic 10 host Duquesne at Rooney Field. Mikayla Place scored three goals for the Bonnies (0-12, 0-5), while teammate Gabrielle Bradley added a goal and three assists. Haley Marafioti scored four goals for the Dukes (13-2, 4-1).
MEN’S TENNIS: St. Bonaventure lost in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 4-1, to Fordham at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. Ramazan Nureev won at third singles for Bona.