TAMPA, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's softball team topped UMass Lowell, 5-3, in the Hawks' first game of the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament Friday afternoon at the University of South Florida.
UMass Lowell (8-8) answered back with a two-run home run of its own against SJU starter Nikki Alden in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.
A two-out single by Yoos scored Palase to make it 4-2, while Yoos came around to score the third run of the inning on a fielding error by the center fielder off a ball smacked by Ashley Alden.
The River Hawks loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth to chase Nikki Alden, but classmate Madison Clarke held the opposition in check. UMass Lowell would tally a run on a fielding error in the fifth, but that would be all it would get as Clarke and the Hawks' defense allowed just one base runner in the final two innings to earn the victory.