Behind both a complete-game victory and the first collegiate home run by rookie Amanda Herr, the Saint Joseph's softball team downed George Mason, 5-3, in game two of its doubleheader with the Patriots on Saturday afternoon at the SJU Softball Complex. The Hawks fell to the Patriots, 3-0, in the opener.
In game two, George Mason took the early lead and the Hawks (19-16, 8-3 Atlantic 10) tied it at in the bottom half of the first as Amanda Kulp scored on a two-out single by Molly Kapala. Kulp also came around to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1.
Saint Joseph's broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth as Herr connected on a three-run shot over the left field wall that made it 5-1.
Adriana Erickson cut SJU's lead to 5-3 in the top of the seventh with a two-run home run, but Herr remained poised and got the next batter to fly out to end the game.
Improving to 7-1 on the season with the win, Herr allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out three, while going 1-for-3 with the home run.
In the opener, the Patriots jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a solo home run. George Mason (16-20, 4-8 A-10) upped its lead to 3-0 in the second, while the Patriots' Bekah Ansbro kept the Hawks at a distance as she allowed just one hit and three total base runners for the Hawks in a complete-game win.
The two teams cap their three-game series with a noon contest on Sunday.
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