FAIRFAX, Virginia – The George Mason softball team dropped two games to Saint Louis in its home finale. The Patriots fell 5-3 in eight innings and 2-1 in the A-10 matchup. The Patriots move to 21-20 with a 5-9 conference record, while Saint Louis improves to 25-19 with a 10-5 conference record.
The Patriots got off to a slow start, going down 3-0 after the first inning. However, after the opening inning, pitcher Stephanie Maher really settled things down. Maher ended up pitching 7.1 innings and gave up just two earned runs.
The Patriots started its comeback bid in the fifth inning. After a Cori Prince walk and a Breanna Boyd single, Julia Czarnecki singled through the left side to score a run. After the fifth inning, the Patriots trailed just 3-1. In the seventh inning, Mary O’Connor was able to reach base on an error followed by a Czarnecki walk. With two runners on base and two outs, Brooke Blankenship blasted a two-RBI double to right center to tie the game and force extra innings.
The Patriots comeback bid was cut just short, as the Billikins were able to score two more runs in the eighth inning thanks in part to Mackenzie Peter and Elizabeth Everingham RBI singles. Brianna Lore pitched 5.2 innings for Saint Louis, giving up just three hits and zero earned runs. Laney Kneib pitched 2.1 innings and gave up one earned run and two hits.
Blankenship led the Patriot offense with one clutch hit and two RBI in the game. Czarnecki also picked up a hit and an RBI for Mason. Meanwhile, Casey Price had a good game, grabbing two hits and a walk.
Anna Blessing and Brianna Lore were in a pitching duel throughout this game. Blessing started for the Patriots and pitched six innings, giving up just two earned runs with two strikeouts. Meanwhile, Lore pitched a complete game with three hits and one earned run.
The Patriots finally had a breakthrough in the third inning after Julia Czarnecki reached base on a fielder’s choice. After Czarnecki stole second base, Tiffany Webb hit a RBI single up the middle to give the Patriots the 1-0 lead. The Green and Gold lead the entire game after that until the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Billikins scored two runs thanks to an Elizabeth Everinghham double and a Hailey Weavers sacrifice fly. The Patriots were unable to get the runs back in the bottom half of the inning and ended up falling to Saint Louis in game two 2-1.
Webb, Brooke Blankenship, and Breanna Boyd were each able to pick up a hit for the Patriot offense. Meanwhile, Everingham and Weavers led the Billikins with an RBI each.
Up next: The Patriots travel to Hampton on Tuesday, April 29 for an afternoon doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m.