The Saint Joseph's softball team swept its doubleheader from St. Bonaventure with 7-1 and 9-5 victories on Saturday at the SJU Softball Field.
In the opener, the Bonnies took the game's first lead on a two-out single by Grace Perechinsky.
Saint Joseph's (23-25, 10-12 Atlantic 10) answered back in the bottom of the second with five runs on five hits to take a 5-1 lead. Leading off the inning with four-straight hits, Stacey Mayer delivered the biggest hit with a three-run double that scored Lauren Reilly, Taylor Marinelli and Taryn Grober. Mayer would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Molly Kapala, while Amanda Kulp doubled and scored on a single by Sarah Ostaszewski.
Mayer struck again in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run single up the middle to score Reilly and Grober to make it 7-1.
In the circle, Ventura dominated, allowing just two hits in 7.0 innings. Senior Madison Clarke earned the start in the final home series of her career.
At the plate, Mayer was 2-for-3 with five runs driven in and a run scored, while Reilly was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Similar to game one, St. Bonaventure struck for a run in the first on a single by Grace Perechinsky with two outs.
McKenna Holtz doubled the Bonnies' lead in the top of the third with a solo home run to left to make it 2-0.
Marinelli tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth as she drilled a two-run shot over the left field wall for her first collegiate home run.
After three-straight singles by the Hawks, Kulp followed with a triple to left, scoring Mayer, Kirstin Cox and Kapala to give SJU a 5-2 advantage later in the fourth.
The Hawks added to their lead with four runs in the sixth to open a 9-2 lead. A two-run single by Kapala scored Mayer and Cox to make it 7-2, while sacrifice flies by Caela Abadie and Reilly scored Kapala and Kulp to make it 9-4.
St. Bonaventure struck for three runs in the top of the seventh, but Ventura and SJU's defense closed it out for the sweep.
With the win, Ventura moved to 12-15 on the year as she struck out two over 4.0 innings. Rookie Chelsea Evans got the start, going 3.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits.
Marinelli and Kapala each went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, with Kulp going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
The Bonnies and Hawks wrap their three-game series on Sunday with a single game at noon.
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