SOFTBALL (20-19) (6-7) VS La Salle (11-21) (2-9)
WHEN: 12 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016,
12 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016
WHERE: Philadelphia, Pa. West Campus Field
LIVE STATS: goexplorers.com
Fairfax, Va. – The George Mason University softball team once again travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on an Atlantic 10 rival. Mason will take on La Salle after splitting their midweek doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's, losing the first game 8-3 before dominating game two, 8-0.
In game one, the Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead but in the top of the third inning, Mason surrendered seven runs before eventually falling. Sophomore shortstop Liz Seymour hit two triples and drove in the first run of the game for Mason.
In game two, Seymour stayed hot at the plate as she went 4-4 with three RBI's and 3 runs scored to lead Mason to a run-rule victory in five innings. Senior pitcher Sarah Kleinfelter and freshman pitcher Marina Vitalich combined for the shutout and Mason moved their record back to one game over .500.
Seymour's bat has woken up since her game-winning two-run single against Saint Joseph's a weekend ago. Seymour has moved her batting average to .311 and now has 56 total bases on the season, only three fewer than senior centerfielder Casey Price.
Price has played in each game this season and continues to lead the team (minimum 10 games played) with a slash line of.352/.434/.484, hits with 43, doubles with 12 and walks with 15.
Mason is currently sixth in the A-10 standings while La Salle sits in tenth. The top six teams from the conference make the end of the season Atlantic 10 tournament, which George Washington will host from May 11-14.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Explorers recently won a midweek non-conference game against Drexel, 2-0. The last time La Salle played an A-10 foe, they were swept by Dayton. The Explorers have relied on Christina Bascara and Michelle Hagarty to lead the team at the plate this season. Bascara has started all but one game and leads the team in hits with 26 and batting average with a .289 mark (minimum 15 games started). Hagarty leads the team with 17 RBI's, seven home runs, 45 total bases and 18 runs. In the circle, La Salle's ace is Mary Cate Scott who sports a team low 3.99 ERA to go along with a team high nine wins. Scott has five complete games under her belt including two shutouts in the nine games she's started this year.