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Bona softball games canceled

St. Bonaventure’s softball season was thrown into limbo on Friday when it was announced that Saint Joseph University has cancelled the remainder of its season. That means that this weekend’s scheduled three-game series between St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph’s will not take place.

A Philadelphia television station, WPVI-TV, reported Friday that Saint Joseph’s University took the action against the softball team after an investigation revealed hazing allegations against four members of the squad. Freshman members of the team reportedly were asked to consume alcohol, perform sexual acts involving inappropriate touching and lap dances, and become involved in other acts “too graphic to outline,” according to the report.

The university issued a statement saying that the team had violated campus community standards, leading to the cancellation of games.

From St. Bonaventure’s standpoint, the Bonnies still had a chance to qualify for the Atlantic 10’s six-team postseason tournament. Bona is in eighth place at 7-11, while Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts are tied for sixth at 8-11. As of Friday night, the Atlantic 10 had not announced a decision on how the situation would be handled.