MERION STATION, Pa. – The University of Delaware softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader at Saint Joseph's, 4-2 and 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at the SJU Softball Field.

In the opener, Lauren Reilly slammed a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to give Saint Joseph's (12-13) the early lead. Stacey Mayer added an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth, while Sarah Ostaszewski delivered a two-run double in the fifth to put the Hawks up by four.

Delaware (7-20) got on the board in the top of the sixth as Mattie Nuccio walked, moved to third on a double by Anna Steinmetz, and scored on an RBI groundout by Mariah Kondravy. Chayanna Gallardo led off the seventh with a double and scored one out later on a groundout by Ali Davis to bring the Blue Hens within two, but UD would not get closer.

Delaware scored twice in the top of the first inning during the nightcap, as Steinmetz singled home Nuccio and then crossed the plate on a Kondravy double.

However Kirstin Cox singled home a run in the bottom of the second for the Hawks, before RBI singles by Taryn Grober and Reilly in the third put Saint Joseph's in front, 4-2. The Hawks then added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth when Molly Kapala ripped a two-run single.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Steinmetz went 3 for 3 in the opener and added a hit in the nightcap
• Gallardo finished with three hits on the day, while Kondravy and Davis added one apiece
Maddi Marsh allowed four runs in a complete game effort during the opener, while Sarah Piening took the loss in the nightcap
• Steinmetz has reached safely in 10 consecutive games
• Saint Joseph's extended its winning streak over Delaware to eight

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware at *Towson (DH) – March 31, 2018 (12 noon)
Delaware at *Towson – April 1, 2018 (1 p.m.)
Delaware vs. Monmouth (DH) – April 4, 2018 (3 p.m.)

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Tritt | ktritt@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-8715 | Cell: 302-383-5005