HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Saint Joseph's softball team dropped its opening two games of the JMU Invitational on Friday as the Hawks fell to Rutgers 6-5 in the opener and 14-2 to #22 James Madison in game two.
Behind solid pitching from starter Ashley Ventura, Saint Joseph's maintained a 1-0 lead as its bats began to break out in the sixth.
Scoring four runs in the inning, the Hawks opened a 5-0 edge, with Carly Rybinski scoring on a double by Sarah Ostaszewski for the first run. Ostaszewski came around to score on a single by Kapala, while two batters later Taryn Grober connected on a two-run home run to center field to make it 5-0.
Unfortunately for SJU, Rutgers got a run back in the bottom of the sixth and scored five more in the seventh for a 6-5 win.
In the day's second game, the host Dukes took control from the start as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.
A single by Ostaszewski scored Ashley Hession and Kulp to make it 5-2 in the top of the third, but that would be the lone SJU hit for the game as James Madison responded with four runs in the bottom of the third and five runs in the fourth to secure the win.
Ventura, who was the hard-luck loser in both games, fell to 5-8 on the season after combining to toss 8.2 innings on the day.
The Hawks (7-9) return to action on Saturday with a 9:30 a.m. contest versus Morgan State.
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