CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's softball team fell to Purdue, 8-4, on Wednesday at the EC Softball Complex.

The Hawks (7-7) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on a two-out triple by Molly Kapala that scored Sarah Ostaszewski to make it 1-0. Kapala then scored the second run of the inning on a passed ball.

The Boilermakers (17-7) cut SJU's lead in half in the top of the second as Alex Echazaretta singled home Madison Douglass, then took the lead, 3-2, in the top of the third on a two-run home run by Mallory Baker.

Purdue took advantage of a Saint Joseph's error in the top of the fourth to open a 4-2 edge, but Ostaszewski tied it for the Hawks in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run single that scored Ashley Hession and Jancarla Herrera.

Unfortunately for SJU, the Boilermakers regained the lead with a two-run double in the fifth and added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh for an 8-4 victory.

At the plate, Ostaszeski accounted for three of the Hawks' seven hits on the day as she went 3-for-4 with a RBI and run scored.

In the circle, Ashley Ventura fell to 5-6 on the season as she allowed three earned runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. Coming on in relief, Amanda Herr was charged with four runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Saint Joseph's returns to action this weekend at the JMU Invitational. The Hawks open play Friday with a 10:30 a.m. matchup versus Rutgers before taking on host James Madison at 12:30 p.m.

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