LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's softball team picked up where it left off on Friday as the Hawks topped Bethune-Cookman, 3-1, and Iowa, 4-1, on the second day of the District 9 Citrus Blossom Classic.

Behind three runs batted in from Caela Abadie and a solid pitching performance from Amanda Herr, Saint Joseph's jumped out early on Bethune-Cookman and never looked back.

The Hawks (4-0) got on the board first in the top of the second as Abadie connected on a two-run home run that scored Taryn Grober to make it 2-0.

Abadie struck again in the top of the third with a two-out double that plated Molly Kapala to push the lead to 3-0.

Bethune-Cookman answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the third, but Herr kept her opponents off the board from there as she finished the game allowing just five hits and struck out three over seven innings to improve to 2-0 on the season.

In game two, senior Ashley Ventura tossed a complete-game victory, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out three.

At the plate, Stacey Mayer got SJU on the board in the bottom of the second with a double that scored Abadie.

Taryn Grober pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third with a two-run double, while Kapala connected on a solo home run in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Iowa got a run back in the seventh, but Ventura shut down the threat to improve to 2-0 on the year.

The Hawks cap play at the round robin tournament with a 9 a.m. matchup with Troy on Sunday.

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