MERION STATION, Pa. - Saint Joseph's sophomore Amanda Kulp's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Hawks a 5-4 walk-off victory over city-rival Penn on Wednesday afternoon at the SJU Softball Field.
Down 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Saint Joseph's would load the bases with one out.
Penn's relief pitcher Alexis Sargent was able to get a key strikeout to force the decisive match up with Kulp.
The Hawks tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the third as Kulp scored from second on a two-out single by Caela Abadie.
The Quakers regained the lead in the fifth as Cedar Slovacek drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Clare Sebastianelli to make it 2-1.
The Hawks took their first lead of the game as they plated two in the bottom half of the fifth to go ahead 3-2.
Abadie came through for the second time with an RBI single up the middle to score Kulp to tie the game.
Following three-straight singles by SJU that loaded the bases, senior Kaylyn Zierke singled to left to plate Abadie and give the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
Penn (15-17) took advantage of a Hawk error with two outs in the top of the sixth as Raven Houck delivered a two-run home run to put the Quakers ahead, 4-3, before Kulp's dramatic walk-off hit.
For the game, Abadie went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in, while Kulp went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.
In the circle, sophomore Ashley Ventura improved to 11-8 as she struck out four over two innings, while allowing two unearned runs. Junior Madison Clarke finished with three strike outs over four innings in the start, while rooke Ashley Stokes struck out one in an inning of relief.
The Hawks (18-20) return to action this Saturday as they begin a series with Massachusetts. The first game of a doubleheader is set for a noon start.