FAIRFAX, Va. - The Saint Joseph's softball team dropped the finale of its three-game weekend series at George Mason on Saturday as the Hawks fell to the Patriots, 6-5.
Looking to take two out of three after splitting Friday's doubleheader, the Hawks (20-9, 6-2 Atlantic 10) fell behind early as the Patriots tallied three runs in the bottom of the first against starting pitcher Madison Clarke.
George Mason would answer with a run in the bottom of the second, but Clarke and reliever Anna Lauterbach held the Patriots off the board over the next three innings, allowing the SJU offense to take control.
Unfortunately the Patriots rallied, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth and held SJU off the board in the seventh for the win.
At the plate, Alden, Palase, Kortmann and Yoos each collected two hits apiece on the day. Lauterbach was the hard-luck loser falling to 1-2 on the season after allowing just one earned run over four innings of relief.