GEORGE MASON vs VIRGINIA
George Mason (0-2) played a double header late Thursday against Virginia (1-0-1), at GMU’s stadium.
Virginia pitchers Melanie Mitchell (5 innings)and Stephanie Coates combined for a 2-0 win.
The Cavaliers scored both runs in the 4th off Patriots starter Casey Herring. Rachel Gillen was hbp. Alexa Martinez reached on a bunt. Gillen scorerd on a catcher error. Marcy Bowdren walked. The second run scored on Mitchell’s sac fly. UVA had bases loaded in the 5th, with speedster Heidi Velk on 3rd, after an infield hit; Bowdren walked; Megan Harris walked; a strikeout ended the at-bat.
The Patriots didn’t reach base until the bottom 6th when Kaitlyn Griffith walked. Bottom 7th, Patriots racked their only hit, an infield scribbler by Samantha Barney. Megan Blank reached on an error at 2nd but the rally died.
Rachel Gillen started Game 2 for the Cavaliers; Amanda Buffington for GMU.
UVA scored twice in top 1st. Gianna Cippoloni walked. One out, Alexis Skinkis tripled, rbi, and scored on a sac fly by Stephanie Harris. GMU tallied in the 2nd. Brooke Blankenship walked; Kaitlyn Griffith was hbp. Kelsea Zukauckas walked; Rachael Davies drove in the GMU run with a sac fly. (2-1)
Infield hits by Heidi Velk and Taylor Williams gave UVA a scoring opportunity in the 3rd but Alexis Skinkis hit into a force at 3rd, Velk out at home. Megan Blank LAID DOWN AN EXCELLENT BUNT BOTTOM 3RD but was stranded. Two out in UVA 4th, Megan Harris singled to right, but Kristen Hakins lined hard to Samantha Barley in left. In the bottom, Griffith singled but was stranded.
Top 5th, UVA up 2-1, down in order. GMU followed suit.
UVA threatened in the 6th; Lauren Didlake walked but was out at 3rd on a single. Bottom 6th: Cori Prince greeted a pitching change with a single. Reagan Doiron reached on an error at short. Brooke Blankenship was safe on an error at short, attempted force. Emily Lafferty singled in the tying run. Kaitlyn Griffith popped to short. Kelsea Zukauckas singled in 2 runs, Patriots up 4-2. Rachael Davies walked, reloading the bases. Amanda Bender popped to 1st. Samantha Barney reached on a busted fielder’s choice, error on the 2nd baseman, two more runs scored. 6-2. Brooke Tickle popped to catcher, to end the inning.
Top 7th: Peyton Larus singled. Karli Johnson walked. Heidi Velk slapped a single to left center. Bases loaded, no outs. Gianna Cippoloni hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice at home. Taylor Williams grounded to the pitcher but beat the throw, a run scoring. Alexis Skinkis was safe on an error at 1st, another run scoring. 6-4. Stephanie Harris singled, rbi, 6-5. Still loaded, one out, Lauren Didlake looked at a third strike. Rachel Gillen drove in 2 runs to take a 7-6 lead. Williams was caught in a rundown.
Now, reliever Stephanie Coates had a one-run lead to protect. Prince grounded to the pitcher. Megan Blank popped high to short. Brooke Blankenship grounded to 3rd. UVA had come back, 7-6.