The Saint Joseph's softball team dropped its home opener to Villanova, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the SJU Softball Field.

Playing at home for the first time in 2019, the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Kirstin Cox scored from second off a single up the middle by Sarah Ostaszewski.

Villanova (14-13) tied the game in its next at-bat as Julia DaCosta led off with a double and came around to score as the Hawks turned a double-play at second and first.

Saint Joseph's took advantage of a Villanova error in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead. With the bases loaded, the Wildcats' third baseman misplayed a grounder off the bat of Carly Rybinski, allowing Taryn Rybinski to score from third to push the Hawks back ahead, 2-1.

The lead didn't last long though as Paige Rauch gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run to right.

The Hawks (9-11) would threaten in the bottom of the seventh as they got runners to first and second, but Villanova worked out of the jam to secure the win.

Individually, Cox went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Ostaszewski was 1-for-3 with an RBI. In the circle, sophomore Chelsea Evans fell to 0-2 on the season as she allowed two earned runs over 2.0 innings while striking out three. Rookie Amanda Herr, who got the start, allowed one run over 4.0 innings and struck out two, with senior Ashley Ventura working a scoreless seventh inning in relief.

Saint Joseph's opens Atlantic 10 play this weekend starting with a noon doubleheader on Saturday versus Rhode Island.

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