The University of Rhode Island softball team was swept by George Mason in a three game series over the weekend, losing Saturday’s doubleheader games 8-4 and 8-1 and Sunday’s game 10-7.
In the first game on Saturday, the Patriots got out to an early lead as Liz Seymour scored on an RBI single from Casey Price. Â Seymour drove in a run the next inning to make it 2-0. Â The Rams evened the score in the bottom of the second as sophomore Ali Summers scored on a single from sophomore Marylynn Muldowney and sophomore Jenna Cubello scored on a walk with the bases loaded.
The Patriots pulled away in the third inning as a double from Price drove in a run and Katie Kitts came up with a two-run homer, giving George Mason a three-run lead. Â The offensive barrage continued in the fourth inning as Price drove in another run with an RBI double and scored on a single from Sarah Solano. Â Kitts drove in another run to push the lead to six.
In the fifth inning, a single from freshman Paige Julich allowed Muldowney to score and Cubello knocked the ball out of the park for a solo home run the following inning. Â The Rams were unable to keep the comeback going and the Patriots came away with the win.
“As a team the games Saturday really pumped us up,” freshman Madi Housel said. “We knew what to expect as far as their pitching and we learned what their batters’ weaknesses were. Â We also used all of our pitchers who did an amazing job throughout the game.”
In the second game of the doubleheader, it was more of the same. The Patriots once again got on the board first as Brook Blankenship drove in a run, lining out to center in the first inning.
Price drove in a second run with a single in the third inning. Â The Rams picked up their first run in the bottom of the inning as a single from Muldowney drove in freshman Kylie Shivery. Â A double from Seymour the next inning provided a third run for the Patriots to make it 3-1.
In the seventh inning, George Mason put the game out of reach as Seymour had a solo home run. Price followed up when she scored on a bunt from Julia Czarnecki following an error at first base by Shivery, and Solano drove in two runs with a triple before scoring following a wild pitch.
On Sunday, the Patriots took a four-run lead in the third inning as Price, Breanna Boyd, Czarnecki and Solano each drove in runs. Â The Rams scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth as junior Lauren Klepchick lined out to right field, scoring Muldowney.
Rhode Island picked up three more runs the following inning as Shivery scored on a single from Cubello, who then scored along with Muldowney off of a single from Summers.
The game went into extra innings knotted at four. Â In the ninth frame, Blankenship homered, giving the Patriots three more runs. Â The Rams matched this in the bottom of the inning with Cubello providing a three-run homer of her own, which also scored Shivery and sophomore Dani Gariglio. Â Blankenship came up with yet another three-run homer in the 10th to seal the win for George Mason.
“I think we were pretty comfortable [Sunday] because we saw two-thirds of their pitching staff [on Saturday] and that gave our hitters a lot of confidence,” head coach Erin Layton said. “They play a lot of small softball so we knew how to position our infielders and our outfielders a little bit better to handle their contacts.”
With the three losses and a defeat at Boston College on Tuesday, the Rams are now 2-35. Â Â They will next go to Providence College for a game today. Â The Friars are currently 10-20.
“I think the positivity of fighting in a game for 10 innings was great,” Housel said. Â “Also, seeing that we can really hit the ball was a good confidence boost. Â We all walked away from the game feeling good. Â We all walked away from the game feeling good. Â We didn’t come out on top, but it was a great feeling to fight and extend the game to ten innings. Â Jenna’s three-run homer was the key to that.”