Saint Joseph’s Sweeps Delaware, 8-7 and 10-0, in Non-League Doubleheader
• Game 1 Boxscore
• Game 2 Boxscore
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Saint Joseph’s, 8-7 and 10-0, Tuesday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
The Hawks (14-20) scored a run in the top of the first during the opener, but Delaware (17-18) answered in the bottom half when Giovanna Kolofer singled, moved to third on a Mariah Kondravy (below) double, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anna Steinmetz.
Alyshia Dellatore (left) drilled a home run to centerfield in the bottom of the second, while Leanna Gearhart led off the third with a single and eventually scored on an error to give Delaware a 3-1 lead.
However a three-run double by Molly Kapala gave Saint Joseph’s the lead back in the top of the fourth, while the Hawks added three more in the fifth to take a 7-3 advantage.
Delaware responded in the bottom half, as Mattie Nuccio scored on an error and Steinmetz crushed a three-run homer to center to pull the Blue Hens even. The game remained tied until the eighth, when Kapala delivered an RBI single for the game-winning run.
Hawks pitcher Madison Clarke improved to 4-6 after allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while Delaware starter Jordan Cargile dropped to 13-10 as she gave up eight runs, just one earned, on 10 hits. Gearhart and Kondravy each had two hits for the Blue Hens, while Steinmetz drove home four.
Kapala singled home two runs while Amanda Kulp doubled home a third to give Saint Joseph’s a 3-0 lead in the top of the second during the nightcap, while Kaylyn Zierke drilled an RBI single the following frame.
The Hawks added three runs during the fourth, including two on a homer by Caela Abadie, and tacked on three more in the fifth.
Ashley Stokes improved to 2-2 for the Hawks by firing a one-hit shutout, while Blue Hen starter Taylor Curran allowed five runs in three innings to fall to 3-3 on the season. Gearhart had Delaware’s lone hit and also walked twice to go with a pair of steals.
• Steinmetz has homered in three straight games and now has 11 for the season, four shy of the UD single season record
• Dellatore’s homer was her second of the year
• Gearhart extended her hitting streak to five games
• Saint Joseph’s swept a doubleheader from the Blue Hens for the second consecutive year
• Delaware remains home this Friday and Saturday to host No. 15 James Madison in a CAA series
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