GW Softball Drops Two at George Mason

Paige Kovalsky had three hits and three RBIs against Mason.

April 9, 2014

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Washington softball team dropped a pair of games to Atlantic 10 newcomer and Revolutionary Rival George Mason on Wednesday afternoon at the GMU Softball Complex. The Patriots won the first game, 8-2, before taking the nightcap, 8-5.

Freshman Paige Kovalsky went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and while classmate Megan Linn was 4-for-7 with two RBIs to lead the Colonials at the plate.

Mason (15-14, 3-3 A-10) took an early Game 1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI infield single by Casey Price, then took a 3-0 lead in the third on a two-run double by Price.

GW (14-22-1, 1-5 A-10) scored two in the fifth, as Linn beat out an infield single to drive in one run and freshman Mary Wiley reached on an error to plate another and pull within one, 3-2.

The Patriots, however, broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, including another two-run double by Price, who finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs in the game.

Sophomore Meghan Rico (10-11) allowed eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in the loss. Anna Blessing (4-4) allowed just four hits in the complete game win for Mason.

Kovalsky picked up her first two career hits, going 2-for-3 to lead GW's offense.

The Colonials scored four runs in the first two innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap. Linn led off the game with a double and scored on a sac fly by Kovalsky for the quick 1-0 advantage.



GW used some heads-up base running to key a two-out rally and score three runs in the second. Junior Samantha Dos Santos started the rally with a walk and took third on an infield single by freshman Bradleigh Breland, who went to second on the throw. Freshman Marissa Mangini then reached on an error to drive in Dos Santos and move Breland to third, and Mangini took second on the play. Linn followed with a suicide squeeze bunt that plated Breland and Kovalsky singled to center to drive in Mangini for the 4-0 lead.

Mason, however, responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning, including a two-run double by Tiffany Webb and a two-run single by Brooke Blankenship to go up 5-4. The Patriots added two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead before the Colonials scored the final run of the game in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kovalsky for the 8-5 final margin.

Kovalsky (0-1) took the loss after allowing five unearned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work. Herring gave up five runs (one earned) on nine hits in the complete game win for George Mason.

Linn, who has now reached base in 17 straight games, one shy of the program record, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored two runs, while Kovalsky was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they visit Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.