FAIRFAX, Virginia – The George Mason softball team lost a tough game in the first of a two game series with A-10 opponent Dayton 5-3. The Patriots drop to 21-18 with the loss and 5-6 in the A-10, while the Flyers improve to 21-26 on the season and 5-8 in the A-10.
Dayton scored all five of its runs in the third inning to take the early 5-0 lead. Anna Blessing got the start for the Patriots and gave up five earned runs on five hits. Christina Gabriele came into the game in the top of the third inning and retired all thirteen batters she faced the remainder of the game. Gabriele pitched four and a third innings without allowing a base runner while striking out four.
The Patriots struggled at the plate for much of the game. Mason did not record a hit until the third inning when Tiffany Webb reached on a well placed bunt. The Patriots did not record another hit until the bottom of the sixth inning when Webb doubled to left field for her second hit of the day to start the Mason comeback attempt. Casey Price and Brooke Blankenship each drew a walk to load the bases following Webb's double. Lauren McColgan then stepped to the plate and hit a RBI single through the middle of the infield to bring Webb home. Cori Prince then reached off an infield single, which brought Blankenship home. Mason then scored a third straight run when Breanna Boyd singled into left field to send Price home.
The Patriot's comeback attempt would fall short in the bottom of the seventh after Dayton's Kayla English retired the three Mason batters to end the game. Both teams did all of their damage in one inning, Dayton in the third and Mason in the sixth, the rest of the game was a pitchers duel as neither side allowed a hit in the other innings. Five different Flyers recorded a hit and were lead by Alysha Isaacson who hit a three RBI double in the third.
Up Next: The Patriots will take on Dayton again tomorrow, Saturday April 26 at 12 p.m. Mason will honor its four seniors for Senior Day prior to the start of the game. The Patriots would also like to welcome the softball alumni back for tomorrow's game.