FAIRFAX, Va. —No. 3 Saint Joseph's used a big third inning to beat No. 6 George Mason 4-1 and advance to the final game of the consolation bracket in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship.
The Hawks (25-27) play immediately again against No. 2 UMass, with the winner earning a championship final date with No.1 Fordham Sunday at 1:00pm.
Ashley Ventura (15-13) earned the win, throwing a two-hit shutout across four innings with four strikeouts. Clarke started the game and threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits.
Saint Joseph's scored three runs in the third inning to break open a one-all tie and score the eventual winning runs. A Taryn Grober single to left scored Raelynn Genovese and a two-RBI double to right by Molly Kapala plated both Grober and Madeline Brunck. Those three runs were the last runs by either team the remainder of the game.
SJU started the scoring in the first when Caela Abadie singled to left, scoring Amanda Kulp, but George Mason (23-33) countered half an inning later on a single to right center by Katherine Marsh that scored Erin Calpin.
Mason tried to rally in the top of the seventh, but left two runners stranded to end the game. Mary Luttrell and Marsh each had two hits for the Patriots, with Marsh colleting the lone RBI.
Marina Vitalich (14-13) took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Bekah Ansbro threw 3.1 hitless, scoreless innings with four strikeouts to close out the game for Mason.