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Softball Drops Doubleheader At Massachusetts
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  04/27/2014

AMHERST, Mass. - The Saint Joseph's softball team dropped both games of its doubleheader at Massachusetts on Sunday. The Hawks fell 4-1 in the opener and 6-5 in game two as they move to 18-18 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10.

In the opener, Saint Joseph's fell behind early as the Minutewomen scored once in the first and three times in third to take a 4-0 lead.

The Hawks would get a run in the top of the sixth as Isabella Picard scored from second as the Massachusetts third baseman threw an errant ball on a grounder off the bat SJU's Sarah Yoos. But that would be all Saint Joseph's would score as it was held to just four hits.

In the second game, the Minutewomen took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Hawks responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second to tie the game.

Singling to lead off the inning, first baseman Ashley Alden would score SJU's first run of the game on a throwing error by Massachusetts third baseman on a grounder off the bat of Maria Ficca. After a single by right fielder Isabella Picard that moved her to second, Ficca would come in to score on a RBI single by left fielder Melissa Ruf.

Saint Joseph's would take the lead in the fourth inning as it took advantage of a key Massacusetts errors. With two outs and Alden at third and pinch runner Kerrie Kortmann at second, Picard grounded to second, but reached on a fielding error as the second baseman and pitcher combined to mishandle the ball, allowing Alden and Kortmann to score.

The Minutewomen would make it a 4-3 SJU lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and followed with three runs in the fifth on three-run home run by Tiffany Meeks to take a 6-4 lead.

The Hawks would rally in the top of the seventh though, as Yoos scored on a one-out triple by shortstop Nicole Palase. Alden would follow with a walk and stole second, but a game-ending line drive double play ended the rally for SJU.

At the plate, Alden was 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Sophomore pitcher Liz Mendez was the hard-luck loser in both games, allowing seven earned runs over a combined 6.2 innings pitched. 

Saint Joseph's returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Drexel at 3 p.m.

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