How it Happened
Freshman Sarah Gunderson pitched no-hit ball into the fifth inning, but George Mason rallied late to knock off Rhode Island 4-1 Sunday afternoon.
Gunderson retired the first nine batters she faced, and got through the fourth inning without allowing any hits. Rhode Island (6-27, 3-11 Atlantic 10) gave her a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Marylynn Muldowney reached on a bunt single and moved all the way to third when the throw to first sailed into right field. With two outs, Jenna Cubello's infield singled brought Muldowney in with the first run of the day.
The lead held until the top of the fifth. After a leadoff walk, Gunderson retired the next two batters and appeared on the verge of stranding the runner. However, Madison Aker reached on a bunt single, and an error on the throw allowed Mary Luttrell to score from second and tie the game. Jessica Curbeira, Brooke Sullivan and Sydnee Wells singled in succession, bringing in two more runs to make it 3-1 George Mason. The Patriots (16-24, 8-4 A-10) padded the lead with a run in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Rhody threatened. Kylie Shivery and Erika Yeager had back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Bri Castro drew a two-out walk to load the bases. However, a pop out ended the inning. The Rams were retired in order in the seventh to end the game.
Inside the Box Scores
- Freshman Erika Yeager led the Rhode Island offense with a double and two singled.
- Senior Jenna Cubello singled and drove in one run.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney singled and scored Rhode Island's lone run.
- Junior Kyle Shivery singled and has now reached base safely in seven straight games.
Stat of the Day
.300 – Freshman Erika Yeager is batting exactly .300 for the season. She has eight hits over her last five games, raising her average 34 points over that span.
Rhode Island hosts in-state rival Brown in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.