How it Happened
Rhode Island (6-26, 3-10 Atlantic 10) struggled to get its offense going as it dropped both ends of a doubleheader to George Mason (15-24, 7-4 A-10) Saturday afternoon.
Game 1 – George Mason 5, Rhode Island 2
George Mason got on the board first. Curbeira led off the game with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. She came in when a pop up was dropped, giving the Patriots the early 1-0 lead. The Patriots added single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to push the advantage to 5-0.
Marina Vitalich (9-8) handled the rest for George Mason. She hurled a complete game, allowing just four hits for the Rams. Vitalich was particularly strong early, recording all nine of her 11 strikeouts over the first four innings.
Rhode Island did score twice in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of an error in the outfield.
Game 2 – George Mason 6, Rhode Island 1
With two outs in the top of the second, George Mason scored on an infield error that allowed Mary Luttrell to score from third. Jessica Curbeira followed with an RBI double to make the score 2-0.
After starter Bekah Ansbro retired the first 12 Rhode Island batters of the game, the Rams finally broke through in the fifth. Kylie Shivery was hit by a pitch, and Erika Yeager followed with a single. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up. Danielle Gariglio singled through the right side to drive in pinch runner Emily Zembik, cutting the lead in half. George Mason came right back with four runs in the top of the sixth, extending the lead to 6-1 and capping the scoring for the day.
Inside the Box Scores
- Senior Jenna Cubello had three singles, all of which came in the first game.
- Freshman Erika Yeager singled twice, both in the second game.
- Junior Kylie Shivery singled in the first game and was hit by a pitch in the second game.
- Senior Danielle Gariglio singled in both games. She also drove in one run.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney singled in the first game.
- Freshman Emily Zembik appeared as a pinch runner in the second game and scored Rhode Island's lone run.
Stat of the Day
9 – All nine hits Rhode Island had on the day were singles. By contrast, George Mason had 19 hits, including five doubles and one home run.
Rhode Island and George Mason close out the three-game series Sunday, April 16 at the URI Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for noon.