The Lady Bears, who won the HVWAC title in thrilling fashion last week, lost both games of the double-elimination USCAA tournament last week in Decatur, Illinois.
In the first game, St. Joseph’s took a 2-0 lead into the third inning against Southern Virginia, but the Knights rallied in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at two. Southern Virginia’s Abbie Fischer added a three-run home run en route to a 5-2 Knights victory.
In the elimination game, the Lady Bears were matched up against Penn State-Beaver. The Nittany Lions broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when a leadoff error on a ground ball put Melissa Swoager on first and a Jamie Karpinski single with one out put runners at second and third. Karpinski advanced as the Lady Bears tried to throw out the lead runner. Bears freshman Alyson Chiaramonte forced the next batter to pop out for the second out. The Bears then attempted to intentionally walk Katie Landis, but Landis swung on the fourth pitching and hit a two-run double. Landis later scored on an error as she attempted to steal third, giving Penn State-Beaver a 5-2 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
Despite the losses, St. Joseph’s wraps up the most successful season in the college history, as the team’s 26 wins are the most by any St. Joseph’s team in any sport.