Mason Softball Drops Two in Day Two of Madeira Beach Spring Invitational
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Mason Softball Drops Two in Day Two of Madeira Beach Spring Invitational

WHO: Softball vs Manhattan @ Madeira Beach Spring Invitational
WHERE: Madeira Beach, Fla.
FINAL SCORE: Manhattan 9, Mason 7
KEY PLAYERS: Sarah Solano- 3-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, Julia Czarnecki- 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, Casey Price- 2-4, 2 RBI

 

1st

2nd

3rd

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5th

6th

7th

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George Mason (2-1)

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0

1

0

0

6

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7

12

0

Manhattan (2-1)

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2

3

1

0

3

0

9

12

1

WHO: Softball vs Providence @ Madeira Beach Spring Invitational
WHERE: Madeira Beach, Fla.
FINAL SCORE:  Providence 12, Mason 0
KEY PLAYERS: Julia Czarnecki- 1 hit, 1 BB

 

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George Mason (2-2)

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2

5

Providence (3-0)

3

7

2

0

0

12

8

1

Madeira Beach, Fla. – The George Mason University softball team was unable to follow up their two wins on opening day, losing both of their Saturday games, first to Manhattan 9-7 and then to Providence 12-0/(5).

Mason started the game against Manhattan cold at the plate, scoring only one run in the first five innings on a past ball in the third. The Jaspers on the other hand, scored two runs in the second inning on a two-run home run and three runs in the third. Senior starting pitcher Sarah Kleinfelter was chased from the game after pitching 2 1/3 innings. Freshman pitcher Gabriella Lopez would relieve Kleinfelter, and in her first appearance of the season did a good job of keeping the Patriots in the game.

After Manhattan added three more runs in the top of the 6th, everything changed for Mason at the plate. In the bottom half of the inning, the Patriots tagged Manhattan starting pitcher Stephanie Kristo with four earned runs, tightening things up late in the contest.

Redshirt freshman second baseman Jess Middleton started a one out rally with a single to right center field. Middleton would later come around to score on a bases loaded walk drawn by freshman third baseman Erin Calpin. Calpin would be the final batter Kristo faced as she was replaced after 5 1/3 innings of work.

Senior right fielder Sarah Solano promptly singled off of Kristo's replacement, scoring sophomore catcher Brittany Sullivan. Solano scored the final run of the inning for the Patriots on senior center fielder Casey Price's two out, two RBI double, two batters late. Even with the six run outburst, Mason was unable to break through in the final inning, popping out three straight times to end the game after a leadoff single by Sullivan,

In the second game of the day for Mason, the Patriots were unable to get anything going against a talented Providence squad.

The Friars jumped on the Patriots early scoring three quick runs in the first inning and then essentially put the game out of reach an inning later when they scored seven runs. Mason was only able to muster two hits and a walk, as the game ended after the 5th inning.

 

STAT BREAKDOWN

-The Patriots recorded five hits in their six-run 6th inning against the Jaspers.

-Against Manhattan, Solano led Mason with three hits, while Sullivan, Price and Czarnecki all were tied for second on the team in hits, with two apiece.

-Despite the high scores, both Mason and Manhattan left seven runners on base.

-Providence's starting pitcher Megan Mccune was able to control the Patriots all game, striking out four and only allowed two hits and a walk in five shut out innings for the undefeated Friars.

NEXT ON THE COURT

The Patriots face tournament hosts Eastern Michigan, tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. and will try and return to Fairfax with a winning record of 3-2.

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