GW Softball Knocks Off George Mason, 7-5
April 11, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Washington softball team scored three runs in the final two innings to break a 4-4 tie and defeat local rival George Mason on Wednesday evening at the Mason Softball Complex.
The Patriots (10-30) struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run single by shortstop Brooke Blankenship.
GW (13-34) scored four runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs following an error and two infield singles, Wilson reached on another Mason miscue to score Dos Santos and junior Sandi Moynihan with the tying runs. After a groundout, freshman Victoria Valos walked to reload the bases, and sophomore Chelsea Lenhart was also issued a free pass to drive in the third run of the inning. Junior Autumn Taylor's fielder's choice grounder then plated Wilson for the 4-2 lead.
The Patriots responded immediately, as Blankenship led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly, and right fielder Samantha Barney tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI single up the middle.
The score remained the same until the sixth, when Wilson broke the tie with a two-out, two-run single to left, which drove in Dos Santos and Zakeri for a 6-4 lead. Mason got one back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by pinch hitter Katie Rynex following a leadoff double, but that was as close as the hosts would get.
GW tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Lenhart singled and Taylor doubled to put runners on second and third with one out for junior Tara Fogarty, whose fielder's choice grounder drove in Lenhart with the seventh run of the game. Mason loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on two hits and a walk, but designated player Tiffany Webb lined out to end the game.
Senior Heidi Penna (1-0) earned her first win of the season with a solid relief outing. She allowed one run on six hits in four innings of work. Sophomore Courtney Martin started the game and allowed four runs - three earned - on seven hits through three innings.
The third of four Patriot pitchers in the game, Jamie Rice (0-2) suffered the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in three innings in relief.
The Colonials return to action on Friday, when they open a nine-game home stand with a 3 p.m. contest against Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island.