How it Happened
Rhode Island (11-31, 8-13 Atlantic 10) used a big rally in the fifth inning to rally past George Washington for a 8-4 victory Saturday afternoon.
George Washington (26-24, 9-12 A-10) scored a run in the top of the first. Megan Linn drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, then stole second to get into scoring position. Linn advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score the first run of the game on a fielder's choice grounder by Jenna Cone.
The Colonials added to the lead in the second inning when Elena Shelepak had a leadoff single and came around on Gabby Gallone's one-out triple to right field. The Rams were able to get out of the frame without any further damage.
In the top of the fourth, Kylie Shivery was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and Erika Yeager followed with a single to right center, putting runners on the corners. Paige Julich walked to load the bases with no outs. Shivery was forced out at home on a fielder's choice grounder by Danielle Gariglio. Bri Castro followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Yeager and pull the Rams within 2-1.
A six-run outburst in the top of the fifth gave Rhode Island its first lead of the day. Marylynn Muldowney was hit by a pitch to start the top of the fifth and moved to third when Ali Summers doubled down the left field line. Caileigh Holland blooped a single to center to bring in Muldowney and tie the score.
Shivery singled through the left side to put the Rams up 3-2 as pinch runner Rebecca Simms scored. Yeager lofted a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Holland, and a single by Gariglio brought Jenna Cubello home. Castro capped the rally with a two-run double that gave the Rams a 7-2 lead.
George Washington did not go away quietly, loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Cleanup hitter Paige Kovalsky drilled a double to left center, bringing in two runs to make the score 7-4. Sarah Gunderson induced a flyout to end the threat and strand two runners in scoring position.
Castro padded Rhody's lead with an RBI triple in the top of the seventh, making the score 8-4. George Washington managed to load the bases with one out out in the seventh, but the Colonials only got one run in as the Rams held on for the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Bri Castro tripled, doubled, singled, had a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs. Defensively, she cut down a run at the plate in the bottom of the second inning and turned a double play in the third.
- Senior Jenna Cubello doubled, walked and scored one run. The double was the 21st double of her career, moving her into 19th place in program history.
- Senior Danielle Gariglio singled twice, drove in one run and scored two runs.
- Freshman Erika Yeager singled, scored one run and drove in one run with a sacrifice fly. She has now hit safely in four straight games.
- Junior Kylie Shivery singled, was hit by a pitch, scored once and drove in one run.
- Freshman Caileigh Holland singled, scored one run and drove in one.
- Senior Ali Summers doubled and walked twice.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney singled, was hit by a pitch and scored one run.
- Rebecca Simms appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run.
- Junior Paige Julich walked once.
- With Saint Louis' 10-2 victory over St. Bonaventure in the opener of the doubleheader between the schools Saturday, Rhode Island was eliminated from postseason contention.
- The start of the game was delayed by four hours by rain. The day was supposed to be a doubleheader, but the second game was postponed and will be part of a doubleheader Sunday.
Stat of the Day
4 – Rhode Island freshman Sarah Gunderson has won each of her last four starts. In her first 22 career appearances, she had two wins.
Rhode Island closes out the season with a doubleheader Sunday against George Washington. First pitch is set for noon.