NEWARK, Del. - Saint Joseph's freshman Molly Kapala went 5-for-6 with eight runs batted in to lead the Hawks to a doubleheader sweep at Delaware on Tuesday. The Hawks won the opener, 8-7, in eight innings and followed with a 10-0 victory in five innings in the nightcap.
In the opener, SJU and Delaware went to extra innings knotted at 7-7.
The Hawks soon broke the tie in the top of the eighth as Lauren Reilly scored on an RBI single up the middle by Kapala to make it 8-7.
Moving to the bottom half of the inning, starter Madison Clarke was able to strand a Delaware runner at third as she got the final two out via ground out and strikeout to earn the complete game victory to improve to 4-6 on the year.
The Blue Hens fought back with runs in each of the first three innings to take a 3-1 edge.
Behind a three-run double by Kapala in the fourth, Saint Joseph's regained the lead, 4-3.
Saint Joseph's followed with three more runs in the fifth to open a 7-3 edge, but the Blue Hens tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 7-7, leading to extra innings.
For the game, Kapala was 3-for-4 with four RBI, with Amanda Kulp duplicating the 3-for-4. Senior kaylyn Zierke collected her third home run of the season during the fifth inning, while Mayer finished 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and run scored.
In game two, freshman Ashley Stokes was dominant in the circle as she allowed just one hit and struck out four to improve to 2-2 on the season.
At the plate, SJU scored three times in the second inning and once in the third to open a 4-0 lead.
Kapala picked up a pair of runs batted in on a single in the second, while a double by Kulp made it 3-0.
Abadie put SJU ahead 4-0 as she scored on a single by Zierke in the third.
The Hawks added three more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to push the edge to double digits.
Taryn Grober scored on a sacrifice fly by Kapala to lead the scoring off in the fourth, while Abadie connected on a two-run home run to make it 7-0.
SJU picked up its final three runs on four hits in the fifth, while Stokes worked around a twoout walk to pick up the victory.
The Hawks (14-20) are back in action on Friday with a doubleheader at St. Bonaventure. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.