How It Happened
Rhode Island split a pair of thrillers against George Mason Saturday, rallying for a 3-2 victory in the opener before falling 2-1 in nine innings in the nightcap.
Game 1 – Rhode Island 3, George Mason 2
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Rhode Island (12-18, 1-4 Atlantic 10) got back-to-back home runs from Erica Robles and Susan Harrison to pull ahead. With one out, Ari Castillo singled. Robles followed with a shot to right center to score herself and pinch runner Rebecca Simms, tying the game 2-2. Harrison followed with a solo shot to left center to provide the winning margin.
Game 2 – George Mason 2, Rhode Island 1
George Mason (13-18, 3-5 A-10) got an unearned run in the top of the third, and that was the lone run of the game until Rhody finally broke through with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Erika Yeager reached on a one-out single, and Adriana Toro had a two-out single to get the potential winning run on. Ari Castillo drilled a double to the gap in left center, scoring Yeager from second base. Toro was called out at the plate on a bang-bang play, sending the game to extra innings. A solo home run by Adriana Erickson in the top of the ninth gave the Patriots the winning run.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Becca Rogers (7-6) went the distance in the first game, allowing one earned run on six hits. She struck out five batters.
- Junior Sarah Gunderson (4-6) got the loss in the second game despite an outstanding effort. She pitched 8.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run while scattering seven hits. She allowed no walks and struck out four.
- Freshman Ari Castillo and senior Adriana Toro each had three hits in six at bats on the day. Castillo improved her batting averaged to .393 on the season.
- Juniors Caileigh Holland, Erika Yeager, Erica Robles and Alex Pleasic each had two hits for the Rams.
- Yeager has six hits over the last five games, raising her average 46 points in the process.
- Freshman Susan Harrison's home run was the sixth of the season. That is already tied for the eighth most in a single season in program history.
- With the win in Game One, Rhode Island matched is win total from last season, and the team still has 18 games remaining.
- In the second game, Rhode Island had 10 hits despite getting just one run. The Rams were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
- Rhody has already played 10 one-run games this season and has a 4-6 mark in those games. Last year the Rams played 15 one-run games, going 4-11.
Rhode Island and George Mason close out the series with a single game Sunday at noon.