BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A two-run seventh inning lifted the Saint Joseph's softball team to a 6-5 victory at Lehigh on Wednesday as the Hawks split their doubleheader with the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh won the opener, 6-1.
Down 5-4 entering the top of the seventh, SJU tied the game at 5-5 as Sarah Ostaszewski scored on a fielding error by the right fielder on a ball hit by Molly Kapala. Advancing to third on the play, Kapala would come around in the next at-bat as Caela Abadie singled up the middle to put the Hawks ahead, 6-5.
Lehigh (11-19) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Chelsea Evans worked out of the jam to force a pop out to third base to end the game.
The Mountain Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second in game two, but Saint Joseph's answered with three runs in the third to take a 3-2 edge. Carly Rybinski scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Kapala, while Abadie followed with a double that plated Amanda Kulp and Ostaszewski to put the Hawks on top.
The lead didn't last long as Lehigh scored three times in the bottom half of the third to regain the lead, 5-3.
A single up the middle led to a Hawks' run in the fifth as they got within one before rallying in the seventh for the win.
In game one, Lehigh took advantage of two hits and a pair of SJU errors as it jumped out to a 2-0 edge in the bottom of the first.
Ostaszewski doubled home Kulp in the third to bring the Hawks to within 2-1, but that would be as close as they'd get as the Mountain Hawks scored two runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in both the fourth and fifth for the win.
In the circle, Ashley Ventura moved to 9-10 on the year with the loss as she allowed two earned runs over 4.0 innings. Herr tossed the final 2.0 innings, striking out four, while giving up one run on two hits.
Saint Joseph's (15-15) returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at St. Bonaventure starting with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.
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