STANDISH, Maine – The University of Saint Joseph softball team had its record 15-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays lost both ends of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday at St. Joseph's College, 1-0 and 4-0 at Bailey Field.
Despite the losses, USJ (20-6 overall) retained first place in the GNAC at 10-2 in conference play, just ahead of Norwich (9-3) and the Monks of St. Joseph's which improved to 10-4 in conference play and 15-11 overall Sunday.
USJ was held to four hits in the opener and three in the late game. The Blue Jays were only able get one runner to second base in the first game. Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) doubled with two out in the seventh, but was stranded there to end the game. The Monks scored in the fourth inning on a one-out double by Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) and a two-out single by Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, H.H.)
Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) allowed five hits, one walk and struck out eight in her 13th consecutive complete game, but took her first loss on the mound after opening the season 12-0.
Murphy hit a two-run double in the first inning of the second game and the Monks tacked on single runs in the third and fourth. The Blue Jays threatened twice, but again couldn't advance a runner past second. Klmiaszewski and Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) both singled in the second inning and Sciglimpaglia doubled in the seventh, but that was it for the offense.
USJ plays at Rivier Wed. April 20 in a GNAC doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.