The 2016 St. Bonaventure softball home opener will be special in more ways than one. Wednesday, not only will the Bonnies take their home field for the first time, it will be the first game played on the newly-renovated field -- now called Joyce Field.
The field was re-done over the summer with new field turf in place of the natural grass and dirt, new dugouts, fences, backstop and a new scoreboard. The pristine park will see its first official game competition when the Bonnies host Youngstown State in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00.
A formal blessing of the new turf is planned in April; more details will be announced as plans are completed.
St. Bonaventure has been idle since March 6, when it finished the Under Armor Invitational at the University of South Florida. The Bonnies claimed two wins in five games there. SBU won both games on Friday, March 4 against Penn and Seton Hall, backed by a strong offensive performance from Emily McDonough, who earned six hits in eight at-bats and drove in five runs in the two games. Kelli Rohan has also continued her strong play at the top of the batting order as she claimed six hits in the tournament -- half of which were triples – and scored six runs in the five games. In the circle, Josie Borysevicz pitched well in the Under Armor Invitational. The sophomore started two games, going the distance in both. Against Penn (March 4), she surrendered one run and struck out three to earn the win. She was saddled with the loss is a pitcher's duel the very next day against Northern Kentucky that ended with a final score of 2-1. She gave up the two runs and struck out two.Charles Joyce of Wellsville, N.Y., and his family provided the lead gift for the project. The Joyces have been longtime benefactors of St. Bonaventure. Mr. Joyce is president and CEO of Otis Eastern Service LLC in Wellsville, which is one of the leading oil and gas pipeline construction companies in the northeast U.S.