BOWIE, Md. – The Bowie State softball team returned home on Saturday for a non-conference matchup with Pitt-Johnstown but the Bulldogs dropped both games by the scores of 9-4 and 7-5.
The setbacks dip the Bulldogs to 6-10-1 overall while UPJ improves to 9-4 on the year.
Game One: Pitt-Johnstown 9, Bowie State 4
The Bulldogs trailed 3-1 after two complete innings, BSU’s lone run came off freshman Lindsey George’s (Fayetteville, GA) single that brought home junior Akirra Pullen (Baltimore, MD). Pullen sent the Mountain Cats pitch over the left-field fence in the third inning as Bowie State tacked on two runs but the Bulldogs trailed 5-4 heading into the fourth inning.
UPJ scratched across four runs in the top of the fourth as BSU went scoreless until the bottom seventh, capitalizing on a miscue from the Mountain Cats which allowed freshman Alyssa Cloutier (Derwood, DE) to score. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs rally would fall short.
Pullen and Cloutier went 2-for-4 at the plate, combining for all four of the Bulldogs runs. Pullen also added a pair of RBI’s while graduate senior Evelyn Buelhman (Ellicott City, MD) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing nine hits, six earned runs, striking out two in three innings.
Game Two: Pitt-Johnstown 7, Bowie State, 5
The first run scored occurred on a passed ball when provided UPJ with a 1-0 lead at the top of the third inning but a double from Shanya Gordon (Elkridge, MD) led to a pair of runs for the Bulldogs, followed by a single from both Pullen and freshman Saniya Jones (Louisa, VA) that pushed BSU’s lead 4-1 at the end of three.
UPJ tied the game at 4-even after a homerun from Carly Santillo and then took a 5-4 edge on a passed ball. Bowie State scored again in the fifth, tying the game at 5-all when Pullen stole home as neither team scored in the sixth inning.
The Mountain Cats regained the lead in the seventh with two more runs when Lauren Gohacki singled and made her way around to score on a Bulldog error. An RBI single provided UPJ with its final run to make it 7-5. Bowie State failed to score, with just two hits and two runners left on base.
George pitched the entire seven innings, allowing 13 hits, striking out eight, and walking three, falling 1-4 in the circle this season.
Bowie State will have a quick turnaround as the Bulldogs are set to travel to Wilmington, Del., to face Goldey-Beacom on Sunday, Mar. 20. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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